MFL: Singing in a new language

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By Lucy AdamsonPrimary Languages Teaching Adviser at CILT

Lucy Adamson of CILT explains how song can be a great way to excite children about learning a foreign language

Children singing

Take a look at the other article in this series that focuses on using stories to engage children with languages.

Hitting the right note

Children love singing because it’s a really enjoyable shared activity that makes them feel good about themselves. Having joined a choir recently, I have certainly found this to be the case. What’s more, songs are really memorable; I’m sure that everyone can remember at least one nursery rhyme. Spanish, French and German songs, for example, highlight the natural rhythm of the new language and so help children to practise new sound patterns. Linking new phonemes to a musical note helps children to recognise them, which in turn, supports accurate pronunciation.

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