WHY DO WE SING IN CLASS?
It’s not just to torture you..it actually is a proven method of learning a language. There is a method to our madness:
- Listening to the language you’re learning is an EXTREMELY important part of the language-learning process. Not everyone likes to listen though…but when it comes to listening to music, we are often more patient and willing.
- Listening to a song and then learning to sing it improves your pronunciation.
- You can learn a lot about the culture of a region by listening to the music.
- You can learn new vocabulary & idioms.
- You can learn grammar, especially in songs that stick to limited tenses, such as “¿Qué Hiciste?” that we learned a few years ago. This song was perfect for learning the preterit & future tenses. Nothing else imprints linguistic patterns as effectively as words set to memorable music.
- Did you know that it takes us between 8 to 20 times (average 17) to hear something before it stays with us? Most songs have a chorus that is repeated 3 – 4 times. If you practice singing the same song 5 or more times, you will have learned the new vocabulary.
- Did you know that both sides of the brain are used when we sing? Did you know that using both sides of our brain at the same time maximizes learning and retention?
- Did you know that there is a correlation between music & improved academic performance?
- We learn best when we are truly engaged. When we’re learning a new song, we are truly engaged.
- All 7 multiple intelligences are addresses when teaching language through music:
▪ Kinesthetic (moving your body to the music, tapping your foot, nodding your head, etc.)
▪ Musical (listening, singing, playing)
▪ Linguistic (interpreting lyrics while listening or through exercises)
▪ Logical/Mathematical (music is math)
▪ Social (singing together in class)
▪ Visual (the videos used to learn the songs)
▪ Individual (the translation exercise)
And that my friends is why every 2-3 months we learn a new song in class…just in case you were wondering 🙂