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Title: Use Lyrics training to practice vocabulary

DigCompEdu Competence area: 2.3                                        Progression Level: A2

Learning/teaching situation: The recipe is aimed at educators who wish to offer their students motivating listening comprehension exercises and to have the learners practice vocabulary or even grammar structures through music.

Minimum digital skills  level of Students : A2      

Minimum digital skills level of Educators: A2

Description

The recipe enables educators to implement digital resources in the teaching process so as to enhance the effectiveness of vocabulary learning and listening comprehension. It enables educators to increase learner motivation through the use of up-to-date listening materials and to allow learners to choose their own pace, learning content and difficulty level.

Ingredients

  • Computer, laptop or mobile device (with Lyrics Training app installed)
  • Internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones
  • LyricsTraining user account     
  • Students: beginner skills 

How to do it (step by step)

Before you start, you need to register as a teacher.

Step 1: Go to https://lyricstraining.com/ 

Step 2: Click the “Log In” button on top of the page.

Step 3: Click “Genres” on the left hand-side on top of the page to search for a song or type in the song title you are looking for. The website now shows you all available videos.   

Step 4: Select a video by clicking on the title.

Step 5: Click the “New Exercise” on the right hand-side at the bottom of the page.

Step 6: Fill in the title of the activity on the right hand-side.

Step 7: Choose the difficulty level from the options presented under “Level”.

Step 8: Select the input mode: Write means the learners have to write down what they hear. Choice means the learners can choose a word from a variety of options. If you select both options, the learners will be able to choose the input mode.

Step 9: Scroll down to the lyrics. Select the words you want to the learners to fill in by clicking on the word.

Step 10: When you are done, click “Save”.

Step 11: Press the “Preview” button to view the activity from a learner’s point of view.

Step 12: Go “My Exercises” to see the exercises you have saved.

Step 13: Click on the title of the video to select it.

Step 14: Copy the link and send it to your learners by e-mail or other digital communication channel. 

There’s more

You can also use the website without registering. However, in this case, you will not be able to create your own cloze activities. If you register as a learner, you appear on the high score charts, which may be very motivating for some learners.

The lyrics and all activities are user-generated so they may contain mistakes. Therefore, it is advisable to check the lyrics before using a song in class. In case you find mistakes, you can send feedback to the website team.

Please also note, that the videos are not filtered so there may be content that is not suitable for young learners.

See also:

LyricsTraining – Brilliant adventure for learners: https://thedigitalteacher.com/reviews/lyricstraining    

LyricsTraining review for teachers: https://www.commonsense.org/education/website/lyricstraining

LyricsTraining.com: A quick introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ez6t1F70H7w

To register on LyricsTraining: https://lyricstraining.com/sign_up LyricsTraining cloze activity (tutorial video):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeJMo28g_Io

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