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A Study on the Feasibility and Effectiveness Using Songs: A Case Study of EFL College Students

Ryu Do Hyung 1

1국민대학교

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노래 사용의 가능성과 효과 383❖ ABSTRACTA Study on the Feasibility and Effectiveness Using Songs:A Case Study of EFL College StudentsRyu, Do HyungThis paper is concerned with the effectiveness of songs in the acquisition offormulaic sequences in the college EFL classroom. The existing research mentionsthe use of songs in terms of the power of their melodies (Fonseca-Mora, 2000),linguistic features in song lyrics (Abbott, 2002), and the emotional basis of memory(LI & Brand, 2009). Learners’ opinions about the use of songs has been ignored,however. In this paper, seven subjects with English ability ranging from advanced(one) intermediate-high (three), intermediate-middle (two), and intermediate-low(one) studied five different pop songs. The results showed that they did not agreewith the existing research findings. Rather, they were negative about using songsin the classroom. Their complaints were the burden of using too many hoursto memorize lyrics, few language expressions to learn, and too much emphasison expressions about love and feelings. Students at all levels expressed similarnegativity about the use of songs. When their complaints were discussed duringinterviews, however, their attitude changed from negative to positive. The casestudy in this paper was on a small-scale but it is suggested that through furtherresearch the use of songs could be activated in the EFL classroom. Consideringcollege language learners disregard most existing EFL materials, it appears tobe worthwhile to continue further with this kind of research.

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