Music and Second Language Learning
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Blogposts
- 3 Artists
- 4 Songs
- 5 Themes
Listening to music is a great way to "fix" grammatical structures. On this page, there are many links to songs and their lyrics. There are a number of different supports. On my blog, there are a few songs with gap-fill lyric exercises §. These are songs that I have tested on classes at the 5e / 4e level. Similarly, but in real time, lyrics training offers a game that allows you to listen to a video while filling in words "blanked out" from the lyrics. ("to blank out" (here) = erased)
Other links on this page may lead to youtube or daily motion. If ever you want to look for the lyrics of a song, any search engine will accomplish the task... lyrics + "song title"
To return to the notion of "fixing" structures (which does not mean "repairing" them, but making them part of your everyday speech:
Let's take some examples from "Yesterday" by the Beatles:
- All [my troubles] seemed [so far away]
replace what is in brackets with other expressions (for the first you can substitute any noun phrase, for the second any predicate (substantive: infinitival, substantive // predicate adjective / locative... etc. :
- All [the deadlines] seemed so far away.
- All [our client] seemed so [satisfied].
- All [the accounting] seemed [to be in order].
- All [our IT people] seemed [to want to change the system].
- There's [a shadow] [[hanging] over [me]].
which could give:
- There's [a deadline] hanging over [the project].
- There's [an intruder] getting into [our internal network]. (getting into = accessing)
- There's [someone] [trying to get in.] (get in = enter, access)
- Louis Armstrong, "Jonah and the Whale", "Go down, Moses"
- Carole King, James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend"
at Lyrics Training:
- Cat Stevens -- "Morning has broken" §§ lyrics training
- Beatles -- "Yesterday" (used to) / nostalgic past (Cf. Proust) (lyrics training)
- Lauryn Hill -- "I Used to Love Him"
- Armstrong, Louis -- Louis and the Good Book (1958) Cf. Creoliste blogpost
- Fitzgerald, Ella -- "Call the Whole Thing Off"
- Jones, Norah -- "Turn Me On" dailymotion
- Marley, Bob -- "Get up, Stand up" Santana & Friends
- Cars -- "Drive" Lyrics Training (dated pop music)
- Black-Eyed Peas -- "Shut up" -- lyrics training
- Leonard Cohen -- "Dance me to the end of love" live, Madeleine Peyroux cover, wikipedia on the origin of the song
- Elton John & Blue, "Sorry seems to be the hardest word", lyrics training
- Sting, "The Shape of My Heart", (with lyrics @ u2b )
- Vega, Suzanne, "Luka", Lyrics Training
- King, Carole -- "You've got a friend" | seasons, have to, got to, have got, wherever. from Tapestry u2b. James Taylor solo version u2b
- Stevens, Cat -- "Father and Son" at Lyrics Training
- Blacc, Aloe -- "I Need a Dollar"  | modals, simple vocab
Holocaust / Shoah
- "Dance Me to the End of Love" Leonard Cohen
- Cohen, Leonard, 
- Lauryn Hill: I used to love him
- Lauryn Hill (to her firstborn): 
- Franki Valli / Lauryn Hill: 
- Clapton, Eric "Tears in Heaven" lyrics training
Love Gone Wrong
- Black Eyed Peas, Shut Up, Lyrics Training
Middle Passage / Slavery
- "Jonah and the Whale", traditional, Louis Armstrong, Louis and the Good Book, 1958. blog
- "Sometimes, I Feel like a Motherless Child", traditional.
- "Let My People Go", traditional. (cf. Jubilee Singers, 1872) Paul Robeson 193?, Louis Armstrong 1958, Russian remix