Using Songs for Language Teaching

Course description

Course overview and purpose:
While working, shopping, doing sports or just relaxing, we often have music in our ears, as a soundtrack to our lives. Think of teenagers with their headphones on while going to school or on their way back. Why turning them off when they learn, then?
The importance of music in the learning process has been emphasized by Gardner’s multiple intelligences’ theory and Brewer’s focus on “attention, attitude and atmosphere”.
This course aims at providing language teachers with a practical and powerful tool to make learning more variegated, interesting, amusing and therefore efficient. It will look into the value of songs and music to foster students’ interest and concentration, create a positive learning atmosphere, convey cultural elements, work on eloquence, rhythm and pronunciation, enhance vocabulary, etc.
Throughout workshops, participants will be given ready-to-use activities and develop a method they will be able to employ on any song brought to their attention by students.

Learning outcomes:
The course will be a great opportunity to analyse and understand the role of music and songs in the classroom, concerning students’ interest, attitude, motivation, as well as specific educational objectives. The course will give participants the chance to explore a range of practical activities and techniques aimed at maximizing the use of songs in the classroom, and will help them broaden their horizon in this area of teaching.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to:

  • recognize the importance of being aware of students’ musical attitude and interest, towards a personalized learning.
  • be more aware of the potential of music in the classroom, both as a way to increase students’ interest and as a powerful and effective acquisitional tool;
  • have become familiar with the most useful methodologies to teach language through music;
  • be able to adapt and use any kind of songs for educational purposes in an original, relevant and compelling way.

Admission information

  • Language : English, Italian
  • Language level prerequisites : B1/B2 or above. Songs in different languages will be used.
  • Duration : One week
  • Audience :

    This course provides a method for language teachers to enrich their current teaching approaches. It provides practical ideas they can employ to variegate their teaching routines, maximizing students’ learning outcome.

  • General prerequisites :

    No specific requirements

  • Maximum number of participants : 25
  • Minimum advance reservation : 12 weeks

Available dates

Padova (Italy)

  • 13.03.2022 - 20.03.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 03.07.2022 - 10.07.2022 - To be confirmed
  • 16.10.2022 - 23.10.2022 - To be confirmed

Sessions will be confirmed only when the minimum number of participants is reached.

In case your school wishes to send more than 6 participants together to the same course, we may evaluate the possibility to offer an extra session only for you (and in this case, we would be pleased to evaluate your proposal for fixed dates).

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