Presenting New Language Through Action Songs
As long ago as 1968, the language expert and author Julian Dakin wrote: "If songs and rhymes are well taught, they are seldom forgotten. They are particularly useful for practising the sound systems of the language and learning vocabulary. Learners can gain fluency and control over new material which can then be drawn into everyday usage."
Dakin is absolutely right! And if we add dance and mime taught through TPR techniques, we have the language-learning action song module – in my experience the fastest and most effective method of presenting, teaching and practising new . . .
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