Using Songs, Rhymes and Music to Promote Language Learning

Date(s) - 05/06/2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Presented by Alice Sharp

Music and singing activates literacy and language learning in many ways. Music gives babies, toddlers and young children an easy to enter window into practicing language and deciphering meaning. Modifying the words in well-known songs (such as singing “Happy morning to you!” or asking children to fill in the blanks in a song encourages children to practice logical thinking and reasoning.

Listening to music and singing is an exercise in receptive language skills, children may hear words that they understand but may not yet be able to say. Singing the same song on a regular basis will lead to linking the heard word with the spoken word. Confidence with articulation and annunciation will blossom.

Singing together will also help with phonemic awareness, a child’s ability to hear, recognise and use different sounds. For example, in the song “I’m a little teapot”, the words stout, spout, shout and out all rhyme and are fun on the tongue!!

Delegates will
• Explore a range of simple songs, using hand gestures and movement to visually connect words and language
• Consider using songs to stretch, strengthen and enhance vocabularies, put words and phrases together.
• Share in singing circles, learning new songs and rhymes to simplify and extend language learning.
• Examine and discuss ways of using music and singing to motivate and scaffold language learning.

Delegate Fee – £120 + VAT

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