Teaching language rhythm by music to older English learners of Italian

Zambianchi, Laura and Jeon, Hae-Sung orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-7536-5571 (2023) Teaching language rhythm by music to older English learners of Italian. In: 20th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS2023), 7-11 August 2023, Prague Congress Center, Czech Republic.

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This paper qualitatively investigates the benefits of explicit instructions on rhythm in foreign language teaching. The study involves teaching Italian to 60+ years old native English speakers. The effects of explicit instructions using musical activities, syllable cards, and body synchronisation on learners’ experience were examined. The study was designed around a series of novel educational interventions with regular semi-structured interviews and focus groups with participants, in addition to their regular Italian lessons. Participants reported benefits of the novel approaches in supporting their learning. The present study forms a basis of further empirical investigation on pedagogical development.

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