Thursday, December 16, 2010

How to use music with L2 learners...

Have you ever heard of anyone who doesn't like music? Some people may not like art, dancing, reading, or movies, but almost everyone likes one kind of music or another. Most people like many different kinds of music. 

Studies have shown that music :
  • Improves memory
  • Improves concentration
  • Motivates learner
  • Makes learning fun
  • Relaxes people who are in stress
Music can be use to:
  • introduce a new theme or topic (Christmas/colours/feelings)
  • break the ice in a class where students don't know each other or are having difficulty communicating
  • change the mood (liven things up or calm things down)
  • teach and build vocabulary and idioms
  • review material (background music improves memory)
  • teach pronunciation and intonation
  • teach songs and rhymes about difficult grammar and spelling rules that need to be memorized ("i before e", irregular verbs, phrasal verbs)
  • teach reading comprehension
  • inspire a class discussion
  • teach listening for details and gist
Suggested activity :
  • Add variety to your reading comprehension lesson. Students can read lyrics and search for main idea, theme, details.
  • Teach a song that uses a new tense you have introduced
  • Write or choose a classroom theme song
  • Teach a song that uses a new tense you have introduced

So,let use Music to gain students interest when they learn English. 


                                                                      Posted by : Quzaitul Izzati bt Hisham
"Music is the universal language of mankind." 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow       

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