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Jornadas de formación de equipos técnicos estatales 2011-2012.
Queretaro, Quer. October 2011.

Special thanks to professors from FES Acatlán, UNAM who shared this workshop with teachers from all over the country. We hope to see you soon.

Communicative competencies of english language III

-To sing or not sing

Presenter: Claudia Gutierrez

TO SING OR NOT TO SING WHY IS THE QUESTION?

THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC AND SONGS IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

The singing of songs resembles what Piaget (1923) described as egocentric language, in which children talk, with little concern for an addressee. They simply enjoy hearing themselves repeat. It could be that the need for egocentric language never really leaves us and is fulfilled partly through song.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC AND SONGS IN LANGUAGE LEARNING

Krashen (1983) has suggested that this involuntary repetition may be a manifestation of Chomsky’s ‘language acquisition device’. It seems our brains have a natural propensity to repeat what we hear in our environment in order to make sense of it.
TIM MURPHY

MAKING LEARNING REAL

Effective learning is an emotional experience. When a child encounters new words and structures for the first time it is important that he/she feels an emotional need for this new language, and when he/she practises he/she should continue to feel totally emotionally involved in the learning process.
It is thought that children in Britain and the U.S.A. learn much of their basic English in songs which contain relatively uncontrolled language. It is thought that foreign language learners should experience English in much the same way.
David Paul

WHAT´S IN A SONG?

SONGS MAY STRONGLY ACTIVATE THE REPETITION MECHANISM OF THE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION DEVICE.

WHY SONGS IN A CLASSROOM?

The use of music and song in the
classroom can stimulate very positive
associations to the study of a
language, which otherwise may only
seem a laborious task.

SOME CONCERNS OF TEACHERS

Songs may disturb neighbouring classes.
It takes away from the normal syllabus.
Time is lost.
Pop songs have poor vocabulary.
Students just want to listen, not work.
Teachers do not like to sing. They are not musical.
Songs go out of date very quickly.

SOME REASONS FOR USING SONGS

ACTIVITIES

a. Songs for any kind of grammatical structure.
b. Songs to practise pronunciation: specific sounds, intonation or stress.
c. Songs which lead on to a speaking task.
d. Songs for role play.
e. Songs for a specific listening task.
f. Songs for a specific listening task.
g. Songs to have a specific written response.
h. Songs to find errors and correct them.
i. Songs to be finished by students.
j. Songs that will be the platform for a debate.

EXTENSION TASKS

Letter response
Story
Newspaper Article
Discussions
Write your own lyrics

MODELLING

Jumble lyrics

Cut up lines

Idiomatic meanings

Dictation Activities

Change lyrics into letter writing

MY WAY

LET’S SING ALONG TOGETHER

A song will always leave unforgettable

memories in your mind and heart!!

 

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