The Effects of Song Lyric Training on Listening Skills and Vocabulary Acquisition in a University EFL Classroom

ID: 48637 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Kate Chen , Chaochang University of Technology , Taiwan
  2. Ya- Jane Huang , Chaoyang University of Technology , Taiwan

Tuesday, June 28 1:30-1:50 PM Location: Grand Ballroom C

Presider: Ya- Jane Huang, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taiwan

Abstract: It has been proved that music can create a pleasant, relaxing and motivating atmosphere that allows English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners feel less stressful and learn more effectively. Learning EFL through song lyrics helps to expand the vocabulary, advance listening ability, break the culture barriers, reduce foreign-sounding accents and acquire essential English phrases. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of song lyric training as an alternative activity on EFL listening ability. To conduct this study, 36 sophomore students from one university in central Taiwan were recruited. A mixed research method was used to collect data from multiple sources: scores of pre-and post-course listening tests, analysis of students’ lyric training tasks, semi-structured interviews with the students, teachers’ observation logs written by the researchers, Facebook postings as student self-reflection journals, and an end-of-semester course evaluation survey.


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