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STUDENT MOTIVATION MÚSICA POPULAR Lirica users can learn the gerund through the music of Nicky Jam (above) and others 18 The Linguist Vol/57 No/5 2018 When academics María Martínez-Delgado, Inma Pedregosa and Paula de Santiago were asked to develop a music app, they grabbed the chance to discover the linguistic and motivational benefits of learning via song T he use of music as a tool for language learning has gained the attention of researchers for many decades. Scholars such as Bartle 1 and jolly 2 supported the use of music in language acquisition for both the linguistic and motivational benefits. This interest increased with the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) method, which highlighted the importance of using authentic texts, conceived for purposes other than language learning. This is one of the advantages of music, as learners experience natural language input as if it were a real-world activity. Music also helps to increase self-confidence and motivation. 3 The benefits of using music in language learning are vast. Songs are an ideal resource for practising listening comprehension as they involve the two essential processes: the 'bottom-up' process by which the listener builds up meaning from sounds, words and sentences, and the 'top-down' process by which the listener activates his/her schemata using background knowledge to improve understanding. 4 Listeners need both the linguistic knowledge and relevant prior knowledge of the world to fulfil the comprehension task. Through listening to lyrics, their vocabulary increases, and by singing catchy phrases they get better at vocabulary recall. 5 Furthermore, we listen to songs that we like again and again, and repetition is an important part of the learning process. it is also worth mentioning the paralinguistic aspects offered by songs. Through songs, listeners are exposed to language variants, and different tones and voices. With videos, they are also exposed to body language. Learning in the digital Siednji Leon CC BY 2.0

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