Wednesday, October 29, 2008

importance of song lyrics to learning language

american songs, american culture, american language. Probably in that order, or maybe with the first two switched. that's just my assumption at least.

VT: When you were teaching English in Morocco, did you find that there was a lot of interest in American English, and especially the language associated with American pop culture?

OH: Yes. I found that the students were always really keen to learn English through the medium of music, and so if I found a good lyric that illustrated some good structures that they were working on, then I would teach it. And usually I could find recordings of the song in Morocco. In fact, one of my most successful teaching experiences of that kind was teaching a Dolly Parton song, "Coat of Many Colors," which the students loved. They would not let me stop playing it. I didn't have the recording with me, but I did find it in Morocco and was able to take it to the classroom.

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