Task2 - Education >> Music & Language/ Minh, Anh, Dung, Cuc

"Music & Language/ Minh, Anh, Dung, Cuc"

Group: Minh Anh, Dung, Cuc

Student created prompt.

Some people believe that listening to music is the best way to learn a second language. Others argue that it is not always appropriate for use as a learning tool. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Globalization requires countries all around the world to integrate not only economies but also their cultures and communication. Thus, it has become more common for young people to be interested in new types of music. While many people are convinced that listening to foreign language music can help them learn a second language, others assert that its drawbacks outweigh the benefits. In this essay, I shall explain my point of view by analyzing both sides of the argument about using music as a way to acquire a second language.

While listening to music in a foreign language has some positives, it also has some negative aspects on people who depend too much on listening to that music as the best way to learn a second language. The main reason for this is the lyrics are not always correct in grammar and sentence structure. Obviously then people could make grammar mistakes if they totally trust the songwriters. Additionally, some songs have bad words so if people do not exactly understand the meaning, as well as the way to use these words, they could be in trouble.

However, it is important to note that language skills might be developed by listening to music which is written and sung in another language. This helps listeners learn more new vocabulary as well as how to pronounce those words. In addition, listening skill can be improved significantly during the process of enjoying these types of music. As an added benefit, listeners, including children and teenagers, can appreciate new ideas through the songs. Take, for example, iconic songs such as We Are the World and Imagine.

Personally, I think foreign music has a positive impact on studying because of its influence on listening skill and lexical resources. However, it is only one of many methods that can be used to learn a second language. Therefore, people also need to read books and find other useful resources to improve all skills.

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Comment from ITP

You guys have created an interesting academic question. The acquisition of language through music is an interesting area of linguistics that warrants further research.