English language music: Does it help with learning?

Abstract : Online Informal Learning of English (OILE) involves the many different types of language activities that EFL students participate in on the Internet. Building on previous studies in the area, this article looks specifically at student practices when listening to music in English. A questionnaire study carried out in November 2012 asked 227 Humanities and Arts students registered in a non-specialist English course in a French university about the music they listen to in English and the type of listening practices they engage in and asked them to attempt to translate some lyrics of well-known songs. Results indicate all students who responded to the questionnaire listen to music in English and that these and other informal online activities influence their understanding of lyrics in the target language. In the discussion, links between the unique musical listening practices students engage in and the concept of learner identities are drawn.
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Denyze Toffoli, Geoffrey Sockett. English language music: Does it help with learning?. Recherche et Pratiques Pédagogiques en Langues de Spécialité : Cahiers de l'APLIUT, Association des Professeurs de Langues des IUT (APLIUT), 2014, Pratiques émergentes et recherches en didactique de l’anglais : jalons, interrogations et perspectives, Vol. XXXIII (2), pp.192-209. ⟨10.4000/apliut.4450⟩. ⟨hal-01227563⟩

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