Cómo enseñar una lengua extranjera por Daisy Morejón
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY OF THE EQUADORFACULTY OF PHILOSOPHY, LETTERS AND SCIENCES OF THE EDUCATION SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES STUDENTS: DAISY MOREJÓN PAMELA SANDOVAL TITLE“THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC FOR CHILDREN IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING”
Songs and Rhymes provide relaxation and variety, but we have to be careful because an excessive use of them can make children to get bored.Taking this fact into account, we can say that songs are a good resource to teach vocabulary, practice the language orally, improve pronunciation and intonation and also help children to know the culture of the foreign language.
Many of us know how quick students are at learningsongs. For a variety of reasons, songs stick in our minds and become part of us for example: A-B-C-D-E-F-G H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P Q - R - S - T - U and V, W - X - Y and Z Now I know my A - B - Cs Next time wont you sing with me?
It is easier to sing a language than to speak it. Music is around us: radio, television, theatre, etc. Songs work in our short and long-term memory.Songs use simple, conversational language and repetitions. Children enjoy hearing themselves Songs are relaxing, fun, etc.
For language teachers, songs are short, repetitive, and easily to handle in a lesson.Songs provide a link with home and school life, help children to develop positive attitude towards language learning and they reinforce lexical items and structures.
Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh!And on his farm he had some chicks, Ee i ee i oh! With a cluck-cluck here, And a cluck-cluck there Here a cluck, there a cluck, Everywhere a cluck-cluck Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i oh!
Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh!And on his farm he had some cows, Ee i ee i oh! With a moo-moo here, And a moo-moo there Here a moo, there a moo, Everywhere a moo-moo Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh! Old MacDonald had a farm, Ee i ee i oh!And on his farm he had some pigs, Ee i ee i oh! With an oink-oink here, And an oink-oink there Here an oink, there an oink, Everywhere an oink-oink Old MacDonald had a farm Ee i ee i oh!
Besides we cannot forget their important role in pronunciation, intonation and rhythm.We have got many reasons to use songs in the classroom: MotivationSongs easily motivate children to use the foreign language.
Cultural importanceSongs reflect the foreign culture
ReinforcementThey provide a meaningful way to repeat different items in order to reinforce the learning (pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, etc.).
It is essential to select carefully the songs we are going to work with in class. A song of joy Come sing a song of joy for peace shall come my brother Sing, sing a song of joy for men shall love each other That day will dawn just as sure as hearts that are pure are hearts set free No man must stand alone with outstretched hand before him Reach out and take them in yours with love that endures for ever more Then sing a song of joy for love and understanding
Come sing a song of joy of freedom tell the story Sing, sing a song of joy for mankind in his gloryOne mighty voice that will bring a sound that will ring for evermore. Then sing a song of joy for love and understanding
What we must bear in mind are the features of the students we are working with at that specific moment: Their age, interests, likes and dislikes, and of course, their knowledge of the foreign language.
Music is academicFor some people, this is the primary reason for providing music lessons to their children. A recent study from the University ofCalifornia found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.
Music is physicalMusic can be described as a sport. Learning to sing and keep rhythm develops coordination. The air and wind power necessary to blow a flute, trumpet or saxophone promotes a healthy body.
Music is emotionalMusic is an art form. We are emotional beings and every child requires an artistic outlet. Music may be your child’s vehicle of expression.
Music is for lifeMost people can’t play soccer, or football at 70 or 80 years of age but they can sing. And they can play piano or some other instrument. Music is a gift you can give your child that will last their entire lives.
THE COLOR OF THE SKY It was always you I cant recall the colour of the sky But thats not important We were walking down the hill When I noticed that you were limping So I bent down to examine your paw I can see something A speck of white in your pad Ive got it in between my fingernails Its growing Im pulling it Its growing Why doesnt it hurt? Why doesnt it hurt? Hurt? It came out cleanly There was no mess A gigantic anchor made out of boneWe left it at the side of the pavement and walked on I could hear you laughing PALE SAINTS