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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Have you ever been taught English through Music?

There is no doubt that listening to music can help us to stay motivated, concentrate, relax or learn English! A recent study from Kaplan International reveals that ESL (English as a Second Languages) teachers use The Beatles to help students learn English.

If you don’t know who The Beatles were (shame on you :)), The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the rock music era. The group's best-known line-up consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

The Beatles

Image and information about The Beatles from Wikipedia.

The study that Kaplan carried out shows that 40% of surveyed ESL teachers play songs by The Beatles to help their students learn English and 86% of ESL teachers play music during class to enhance lessons.

Other survey results include:
  • 81% of ESL teachers have used English-speaking celebrities to engage students: Barack Obama being the most popular celebrity.
  • 76% have used Movies in class: The Harry Potter series being the most popular.
  • 75% have used Newspapers in class: The New York Times being the most popular.
  • 60% have used TV shows in class: Mr Bean being the most popular.
  • 34% have used the Radio in class: The BBC World Service being the most popular.
  • 33% have used Comics in class: Spider-Man being the most popular.
  • 24% have used Computer Games in class: The Sims being the most popular.
See more about the Kaplan’s How to Teach English Infographic

You can find out more information about how to learn English through Music on the articles How to learn English from scratch using Music, 3 Great iPhone Apps to learn English through Music and Who’s your favourite singer to learn English through Music.

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1 comment:

Diane Angelie said...

Music is a good piece for literature analysis as well! They're tricky but brilliant!



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