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16 Mar

Music Videos

Not all music videos support language learning. In order for students to acquire vocabulary through music, the meaning of target vocabulary must be clear. The following music video illustrates this important principle and should be used as a model for instructors wishing to use music videos in their ESL classes.

Unfortunately, the song is a little fast for beginning level ESL students. Yet, it might be appropriate for some intermediate level learners.

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Nothing stops you from doing something similar with your students. Teachers can play this song or any other and ask student groups to choreograph the lyrics. To do so requires students to comprehend what they hear, or if you show them the written lyrics, they are engaged in a reading comprehension activity. Either way, students must first comprehend the lyrics before they can devise dance moves for their group dance. Think of this as a type of musical Total Physical Response!

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