Modern foreign languages - Resource of the week

16th September 2011 at 01:00

Songs for language learning

TES MFL adviser Rachel Hawkes has advice and tips for teachers on the benefits of incorporating music and singing into language lessons.

Music and song can be valuable tools in language learning. Familiar tunes can be repurposed to aid the memorisation of key structures and vocabulary. Raps can be written and performed to develop creative writing skills, embed grammatical knowledge and improve pronunciation and speed of the spoken target language production. Songs can be listened to and responded to in order to develop comprehension skills and enhance cultural appreciation. This collection offers a wide selection of resources where songs are successfully exploited for all of these learning aims for French, Spanish and German.

The Songs for Language learning collection can be found at


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