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Teaching and learning Spanish through music at the Point Cook Centre
11 September, 2019
Teaching and learning Spanish through music at the Point Cook Centre "In the Spanish class at Point Cook, we use a wide range of learning tools to assist all students with their Spanish language acquisition and learning experience; from differentiation to Total Physical Response (TPR), Immersion, Task-based learning and CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).
As a Spanish/Music CLIL trained teacher, I have seen the benefits of working with this internationally recognised approach, which in this case involves teaching the target language Spanish, through music. This allows the language to be learnt and used in an immediately relevant context for words. For example within our classroom, students learn a bit of music, specifically Spanish/Latin Music, through which they also learn important vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar in the Spanish language.
Students are exposed to a wide range of learning tasks within the Spanish classroom, but l have to say that singing in Spanish is one of their favourite learning activities. Students have learnt the "Buenos Dias Song", which has helped them memorise key Spanish vocabulary and essential Spanish greetings. This in turn, has helped them become more confident in conversing in Spanish. Using music in the classroom allows students to easily store what they learn in their long term memory. It also reinforces what they have learned in class, whilst simultaneously making it a more enjoyable and memorable learning experience. "

Marcelo Brignardello (Spanish Teacher)
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