|Lyrics Series (For Secondary Students)|
Songs are a great source of real-life English and offer opportunities for developing language skills in a fun way. Listening to English songs helps you master certain grammar structures and sentence patterns and use them effectively in daily communication. Singing along helps you learn how to link words together in a natural speech, which improves your pronunciation and intonation. Reciting song lyrics is a proven way of acquiring new vocabulary, especially in music genres involving the extensive use of words and phrases. Further, song lyrics, like poems, are often rich in imagery, figurative language (e.g. similes, metaphors, personification) and sound effects (e.g. rhymes, alliteration). Close reading of lyrics to explore how the use of language conveys meaning and mood is a great way to sharpen literary appreciation and analysis skills.
This series features five classic English songs with lyrics of literary merits*.
|The Sound of Silence - Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel|
|Vincent - Don McLean|
|The Rose - Amanda McBroom / Bette Midler|
|I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack|
*Please note that the versions of the lyrics available online may vary in terms of punctuation, line and verse breaks. Teachers may select a version they deem most appropriate for use with students.