Singing to Support Foreign Language Learning: Examples from Two Cultural and Developmental Contexts

Karen M. Ludke, Arla Good

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    Abstract

    This chapter summarizes some of the evidence that songs can support the learning and retrieval of linguistic information, and outlines two classroom-based studies that explore whether singing can support younger learners’ foreign language skills. Although the two studies were conducted in different contexts, they show that songs can support foreign language learning from early school age to adolescence, adding to our knowledge in this area. Current research suggests that foreign language learners can benefit from using songs to support their learning, and future studies should explore the mechanisms behind the observed advantages for singing on foreign language learning and memory.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRoutledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, Volume II:
    Subtitle of host publicationEducation
    EditorsHelga Rut Gudmundsdottir, Carol Beynon, Karen M. Ludke, Annabel J. Cohen
    PublisherRoutledge
    Chapter32
    Pages403-414
    VolumeII
    Edition1
    ISBN (Electronic)9781315162607
    ISBN (Print)9781138061149
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2020

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing
    PublisherRoutledge
    Volume2

    Keywords

    • singing
    • song
    • Foreign languages
    • music
    • Education

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