Using Music in the Adult ESL Classroom. ERIC Digest.Report as inadecuate

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Music can be used in the adult English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classroom to create a learning environment; to build listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills; to increase vocabulary; and to expand cultural knowledge. This digest looks briefly at research and offers strategies for using music in the adult ESL classroom. Specifically highlighted are using songs in instruction and strategies to use with songs, including listening and oral activities, reading and writing activities, vocabulary building activities, and cultural knowledge activities; and selecting music. (Contains 10 references.) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (Author/VWL)

Descriptors: Adults, English (Second Language), Listening Skills, Literacy, Music, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Songs, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary Development

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Author: Lems, Kristen


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