Music in Teaching and Learning.
I have been using songs to teach English and Polish for a long time. Personally I firmly believe in the power of good music as well as in the power of well-written lyrics. Songs may help with learning pronunciation and can be the inspiration for extraordinarily interesting, challenging discussions. Different topics often inspire students to talk about various issues and problems, often sharing extremely different perspectives. That is why songs are also materials for practicing conversational skills.
Do you ever say that you are ready and ‘in the right frame of mind’ for doing something? But at other times, you may feel you just aren’t in the right mood to do what is needed?
It’s true, throughout the day we experience a variety of moods and energy levels. In these various frames of mind, our attention levels shift, too. Researchers say that, at any particular moment, a combination of mental, physical, and emotional conditions forms our state of being (Jensen 2003). It seems that some tasks are more easily done when we’re in a specific state of being (Caine, Caine, McClintik and Klimek 2004; Damasio 1994).
In the classroom, we want to be sure our students are in the right “frame of mind” to learn. That’s where music can help.
Taking our cue from the Accelerated Learning model developed by Georgi Lozanov (Lozanov 1978, Bowen 2002), we…
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