Graduation Year

2012

Location

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

14-4-2012 9:00 AM

End Date

14-4-2012 10:00 AM

Description

Teachers of foreign language often use strict drill tactics with students. In order to better engage and motivate my students to achieve high results when acquiring the French language, I focused on incorporating authentic French music and pneumonic devices. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included varying data collection methods such as finding popular French music, talking with French native speakers, collecting student work, and gathering student opinions on music. I discovered using music within lessons engages students in the language of French, creates a personal and meaningful connection for students with the language, and builds upon the universal appeal of music. In addition, pneumonic devices help students learn important concepts and commit them to memory. I found the power of rhyme is greater than spoken word alone. For teachers of a foreign language, this study provides support for using pneumonic devices and music in the target language within the classroom. In the future, I will continue to incorporate the use of authentic music and pneumonic devices within the lessons.

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Incorporating Song and Pneumonic Devices into Learning a Foreign Language

Lower Level, Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Teachers of foreign language often use strict drill tactics with students. In order to better engage and motivate my students to achieve high results when acquiring the French language, I focused on incorporating authentic French music and pneumonic devices. This study was completed using a qualitative self-study approach and included varying data collection methods such as finding popular French music, talking with French native speakers, collecting student work, and gathering student opinions on music. I discovered using music within lessons engages students in the language of French, creates a personal and meaningful connection for students with the language, and builds upon the universal appeal of music. In addition, pneumonic devices help students learn important concepts and commit them to memory. I found the power of rhyme is greater than spoken word alone. For teachers of a foreign language, this study provides support for using pneumonic devices and music in the target language within the classroom. In the future, I will continue to incorporate the use of authentic music and pneumonic devices within the lessons.