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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  • Research Output

    The Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing, Volume II: Education

    LUDKE, KAREN. (ed.), Gudmundsdottir, H. (ed.), Beynon, C. (ed.) & Cohen, A. J. (ed.), 14 Jun 2020, Routledge. 500 p. (Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing; vol. 2)

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    Ludke, K. M., & Good, A. (2020). Singing to Support Foreign Language Learning: Examples from Two Cultural and Developmental Contexts. In H. Rut Gudmundsdottir, C. Beynon, K. M. Ludke, & A. J. Cohen (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing, Volume II: : Education (1 ed., Vol. II, pp. 403-414). (Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing; Vol. 2). Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Interdisciplinary-Studies-in-Singing-Volume/Gudmundsdottir-Beynon-Ludke-Cohen/p/book/9781138061149#targetText=The%20Routledge%20Companion%20to%20Interdisciplinary%20Studies%20in%20Signing%2C%20Volume%20II,with%20therapeutic%20and%20didactic%20functions.