Music and English Language Learning
Abstract: Music provides enjoyment and improves mental well-being among its many benefits. In this study we focus on English Language Learning and how Music can assist adults and young learners in their quest for knowledge. Advances in technology have created opportunities that can make learning more fun and interesting by more closely relating it to the learners’ own personal experiences and interests. Mobile phones, along with the availability of wireless Internet access, enable learners to listen to music at any time and any place. Using questionnaires and interviews we have looked at both the learners’ and teachers’ perspectives on the topic. The results show that music can help enhance listening skills, pronunciation, reading, and vocabulary, among others. For example this can happen by listening to songs, reading the lyrics as subtitles on music videos, playing karaoke and/or singing along to tunes. Music video clips are also very helpful as they can combine audio and visual stimuli catering to multiple senses and learning modes. Finally, learners report that using music makes learning English more entertaining and relaxing for them while teachers report that using music helps them build good relations with their learners.