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Enhance Your Lessons with Music; Using Popular and Traditio

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JOAN Gill

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Enhance Your Lessons with Music: Using Popular and Traditional Songs to Assist with Vocabulary Acquisition, Intonation and Cultural Immersion
Why and when should you incorporate
songs into your lessons?
change of pace
relaxation after a test
end of course activity
holidays
Pop songs contain:
common, short words and many pronouns
conversational, authentic language
a repetition of vocabulary and structures
are often sung at a slower rate with more pauses
regional dialects
Studies have shown that music...
• improves concentration
• improves memory
• brings a sense of community to a group
• motivates learning
• relaxes people who are stressed
• makes learning fun
• helps people absorb material

Songs can deliver or practice
cultural dimensions
grammar points
targeted vocabulary
vowel/consonant sounds
natural intonation
How do you introduce and "teach" the song?
just listen first
listen again and write whatever words/phrases you hear (with or without video)
pass out lyrics , or look at them online
listen again without lyrics and fill in missing lyrics (cloze)
How do you introduce and "teach" the song?
introduce key and/or unfamiliar vocabulary
just listen and/or watch video w/o lyrics
listen again and write whatever words/phrases you hear (with or without video)
pass out lyrics , along with vocab activity
listen again, with or without video
Caveats
subject matter
know your audience
bad grammar
incorrect lyrics online
make sure YOU like the song
profanity
How do you introduce and "teach" the song?
just listen first
listen again and write whatever words/phrases you hear (with or without video)
look at lyrics online, or pass out complete lyrics
pass out lyrics, cut into chunks, to small groups
listen again without lyrics and put lyrics in order
listen once more to check lyrics are in order.
How do YOU use music or songs in your classroom?
Joan D. Gill
JGill@norwalk.edu
Norwalk Community College
January 21, 2015
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