Learning Languages through Music

world musicMany foreign language learners find it difficult to stay motivated long enough to master the intricacies of a new language. Language instructors commonly rely on music as a way to bridge the gap between students' interest and the target language and culture. Songs can serve as windows into the culture and the basis for in-depth discussions on a variety of issues. Thanks to video-sharing sites such as YouTube, there are countless music videos available a click away. There are also sites that have been designed with language learning in mind that tap into this track. Here are a few:

http://www.lyricstraining.com/
This site provides a fun way to improve your vocabulary and listening comprehension skills while enjoying popular songs from various countries.

http://www.lehall.com/galerie/africains/africains.htm
http://www.francomix.com/francophone-music.html
These sites give an overview of the music from French-speaking countries.

http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/sig/mus/enindex.htm
In this case, you can listen to lots of German music to rock your world.

For Arabic songs, you can visit http://www.arabicmusictranslation.com/

Here are some useful ESL/EFL resources:

The Trinity Library also subscribes to several online music databases that allow you to link directly to specific songs (see example) from your course Moodle site.

The Library of Congress has recently made available a treasure trove of early 20th century recordings as audio streaming files. Stay tuned for more.

For more developments on how to integrate music into language and culture instruction, you can take a look at:

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Comments

Great idea!

I am loving the idea of using popular songs in help of learning new language or improving the skills of language we already studied. I am especially interested in the given options where you can choose a game mood, while listening a song, based on your level! That sounds as fun and I am going to try my Spanish right away! Much appreciations for the so helpful post!

motivation in class!

As a soon-to-be a teacher I would love to embrace the idea of learning a language through music- music is one of the most influential arts, and most of the students stydy exactly on this background. I can't thing of any other better motivation in class!
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