How the EFL Students Learning English Music as a Language
Kim Gyung Shik
Korea TESOL, Korea
Because the EFL environment offers little opportunity to practice
English conversation outside the classroom, teachers need to identify
appropriate extracurricular opportunities for English practice. Music
is one such opportunity. English pop music offers students excellent
practice opportunities that are both entertaining and motivating.
In general, when native speakers listen to English songs, they can understand
instantly. However, most Asian EFL students focus on familiar words
and phrases and try to organize the information. Still they only
have a general idea. That is why EFL teachers must know how their
analysis system is different.
This presentation offers participants fun and worthwhile activities
that can be used with either a content- or task-based approach. The
presentation will demonstrate methods that incorporate music as a means
to stimulate authentic English communication. Further, teachers will
find this approach also resolves some classroom management problems and
is effective in the typical large classes in Korean schools.
Kim Gyung Shik is the KOTESOL Seoul chapter vice-president
and the equipment co-coordinator for PAC2. Currently he is working
at David English House and is planning to start his Masters Degree program
sometime in the near future.