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The effects of English song instruction on junior high school students' grammar learning
Lin, Shu Chuan
Lin, Shu Chuan
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The study investigated the effects of “grammar practice through drills plus English songs” versus the effects of “grammar practice through drills” on students’ grammar learning and retention of grammar points. The study aims to (1) investigate the effects of these two kinds of grammar practices on grammar learning; (2) explore the effects of these two kinds of grammar practices on retention of grammar points; and (3) evaluate the effects of these two kinds of grammar practices on grammar learning and retention of grammar points for high and low English achievers.
Participants were two intact classes of seventh-grade students in a public junior high school in central Taiwan. With the homogeneity of English proficiency, the two classes were randomly assigned as the experimental and control groups. The former received “grammar practice through drills plus English songs”, while the latter received “grammar practice through drills.” After receiving an eleven-week instruction, both groups received English Grammar Test (EGT), to assess their grammar learning. One month after EGT, the same grammar test—EGT were conducted to both groups to assess their retention of grammar points. The major findings are summarized as follows. (1) In terms of grammar learning, students receiving “grammar practice through drills plus English songs” outperformed those receiving “grammar practice through drills.” (2) In terms of retention of grammar points, “grammar practice through drills plus English songs” had a more positive influence than “grammar practice through drills.” (3) “Grammar practice through drills plus English songs” possessed a facilitative effect for both high and low English achievers with regard to grammar learning and retention of grammar points. (4) “Grammar practice through drills” benefited both high and low English achievers. (5) “Grammar practice through drills plus English songs” and “grammar practice through drills ” could enhance high English achievers’ grammar learning and retention of grammar points. (6) “Grammar practice through drills plus English songs” exerted a superior effectiveness on low English achievers’ grammar learning and retention of grammar points. Pedagogical implications based on the findings were also provided.
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