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There are so many different spoken languages. While teaching foreign language, music helps form connections between the language being sung and the history behind that country. Not to mention, learning languages and music from around the world is so much fun! Integrating music with any subject is one of my favorite things to do. So, this post is all about how to integrate music and foreign language.
Learn About the Composers
There are so many composers and they are all from different countries. A great way to integrate music with foreign language, is by talking about the country where that language is spoken. Learning about the composers is a great way to get started. Here are a few of my favorite composers and where they are from to help get you started…
- Beethoven is from Germany
- Mozart is from Austria
- Verdi is from Italy
- Tchaikovsky is from Russia
- Chopin is from Poland
Fill in the Blank
A great activity to help student’s learn a new language, is by filling in the blank. In this activity, student’s will listen to a simple song from that language. On their paper will be several blank spots. When they hear that word come in, have them fill that missing word in to the best of their ability. Then, discuss what the word is, how to pronounce it, and continue the song until they get to the next blank. Then, when the paper is finished, practice learning the song as student’s use their new vocabulary to sing it.
Learn to Sing in Another Language
Why is it important to learn to sing in another language? Well did you know that learning to sing another language is easier than speaking that particular language? Here are some reasons why…
- diction is taught
- repetitive melodies are learned
- children will gain confidence while practicing a song in another language.
- social studies and language arts integration is also possible by learning about that country being sung and by reintroducing vocabulary in a different language
Pick one of your favorite songs from another language. While listening to the song, have student’s draw a picture or write words about how the song makes them feel. Then, discuss what the words in the song means and see if student’s pictures or word descriptions align with what the song is really about. Student’s will be surprised to find out that most of the time, they could figure out what the song was just by listening just like a beginning reading student can figure out what the pages of a book are about by looking at the pictures.
What is your favorite way to teach or learn a new language? Have you ever integrated music with foreign language or with any other subject? I would love to hear all about it.
If you are a parent, student, or teacher who wants to learn more about music, connect with other musicians, or wants to post their latest videos of what they’ve been working on, I would love for you to join my Facebook group Music Education Connection. Collaborate, learn from each other, and grow new friendships. This is a place to receive encouragement, positive feedback, and to ask questions.