Music motivates foreign language students and develops their language skills.
Here are some reasons why singing can support modern foreign language learning:
- Singing songs develops good pronunciation: music lends a natural rhythm to words and phrases, helping language learners to use good pronunciation. Melodies and rhymes guide learners to speak in a native cadence.
- Listening to song lyrics improves comprehension skills: a popular activity in foreign language classes is to listen to a rap or pop song from the target country and fill in blanks to the lyrics.
- Singing songs increases vocabulary and speech patterns: songs automatically put language into a context. Students will begin to pick up vocabulary and complex expressions they might not otherwise come across.
- Music aids memory: songs can help students memorize grammar and vocabulary. It is easy to use a familiar tune and change the words. It is possible to create songs for any chunks of language that must be memorized.
- Music is fun: music and singing liven up learning. When students are having fun, they are more motivated to learn!
Today let's sing along with Norah Jones!