5 REASONS YOU SHOULD USE MUSIC FOR ELT
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Using music in the English as a Foreign Language classroom can seem like a bit of a cop-out. We all know everyone loves music, but how does listening to a few songs actually contribute to language learning? Well, you may be surprised to find out that it is actually a remarkable tool in the language learning classroom.
Songs can be used to introduce a topic or present a vocabulary set or they can be utilised to focus on a particular language structure. What you want to achieve with a song will determine which song you will use. Songs like I got life, by Nina Simone can be used when dealing with body parts; Billionaire by Travie McCoy can be used when discussing money and wealth; I haven’t met you yet by Michael Buble can be used to teach the present perfect. And because there are so many songs, there is usually a song which can be used to achieve your aim.
So we know how to use songs, but how are they effective in language learning?
They expose our learners to authentic language
Songs are a source of natural language. While coursebooks have listening texts which are often contrived or unnatural, songs, in contrast, use authentic language and phrases.
They are memorable
Songs are catchy and easier to remember than dialogues. Plus, they usually repeat the language which also makes it easier to remember.
They help develop automaticity
To be able to speak fluently requires a degree of automaticity and songs can help with this. They can include set structures or phrases which are then learnt as chunks as the lyrics of the song are memorised. This helps learners speak more naturally.
They appeal to different sorts of learners
According to Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, learners learn differently. In an EFL classroom it is necessary to incorporate a range of activities which caters to the different needs of our learners. Using songs and music allows us to appeal to musical-rhythmic learners.
They maintain interest and motivation
There are very few learners that don’t enjoy music so using songs is an easy way to sustain interest in your lessons and encourage participation. Music has a way of appealing to a wide range of people, regardless of age, profession or background.
Using songs and music in the English as a Foreign Language classroom is a great idea for so many reasons. Besides the fact that sthere are songs for any and every teaching occasion, you will find your learners enjoy lessons which incorporate songs and they are an effective tool for language learning.
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- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.