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Learning Strategy: Action Songs Vs Vocal Songs
Music and rhyme have a very powerful way of influencing learners. Anyone can learn any language or even remember boring numbers and nonsensical terms, through music and song. For someone, who wants to learn music through song and lyrics, there are different ways they can learn the song like writing, listening, sing-along etc. To be able to learn music effectively, the learner should use as many senses as possible to learn. The same concept is what is used when teaching children, the basics of language and life lessons.
Pre-schoolers and toddlers find bright colours and songs very inviting when they learn. Children’s songs are also easy to learn and memorise, because of the actions and dance moves they have. The same logic applies to adults who wish to learn English. Singing along to songs that have actions in them helps the learner to understand the words through actions. This helps, in retaining the information as well.
Songs that don’t have actions in them can be memorised if the learner comes up with his own actions for the song. Translating the song into the native language of the learner, before coming up with actions for it will be helpful. This way the learner knows exactly what the words mean, and they can retain the information better as well.
Learning English through songs that are only sung is also effective. However, the chances of retaining are better with action songs. If you do not wish to use an action song to learn music, you will need to write and memorise the words and remember their usage. The chances of remembering the words is lesser, in this case. Secondly, voice only songs are not very entertaining and does not involve the use of as many senses, to learn English.
Think of the music videos that you see on TV. The popular song Gangnam Style is in a language that most of the world does not understand. However, because of the unique dancing in the song, even children can say the words of the song. So, unless there is a unique factor in the song that will help the learner, chances of retention are low.
People who learn English from action songs also pay attention to the song better. When you see a video of a person dancing and using their hands and feet to communicate the meaning of the song, it makes more sense and has appeal. Apart from learning English, learners also find that they can develop some flexibility and add an element of fun, when they learn through action songs.
Repetitive learning through action songs ensures that the concepts of the words in the lyrics are reinforced. The learner can retain more information, because of the repetitive nature of the lyrics. Leaners also are more confident, when they learn through action songs. They are confident of their movements because they know what the words mean and are able to partially communicate, when they converse with others.