Monday, October 29, 2012

Improving English Language Skills Through Music

Some days ago, one of my Year 6 students brought to class the lyrics of the song “Call me Maybe” sung by the singer Carly Rae Jepsen. As she was really interested in the lyrics and she spread the rest of the class with the idea to sing it all together, I had to admit to do something.

I prepared a filling the gaps activity, choosing the right level of difficulty for my students, hiding some vocabulary, re-typing the lyrics, photocopying the worksheet...

But to my surprise I discovered a new online tool to do these kind of activities.

With LyricsTraining you just choose one of the hundreds of available music videos and select one of three mastery levels: beginner, intermediate or expert. As the video begins to play, the lyrics appear underneath with several words missing. The goal is to fill in the missing words as they are sung, with the help of the keyboard.

If students get stuck, the video stops playing until they type the correct word, but the clock continues to run! In this way students can compete against each other, who is the one who fills all words with less time. Click on "Give Up!" button to see the words that fill the blanks.

It is a great tool for practicing listening and recognition of phonemes in different English dialects and registers, improving writing and spelling vocabulary, and enhancing reading and writing speed.

And not only English! The site offers videos in six languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Dutch). It is free to use and does not require registration, but if you set up an account, you can save the results of their efforts.

My students are delighted with this new web music tool. Needless to say, the fun is guaranteed!

Lyrics Training

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