Music is the food of knowledge

What is the most efficient way of teaching French words and phrases?

Just as there is an inbuilt propensity for young children to learn the language they hear around them in infancy, so there is a similar inborn inclination to respond to music.

The technical reason for this is that music activates the limbic and paralimbic areas of the brain which are connected to the reward response systems. And quite simply when those areas are activated, we feel good.  That’s all there is to it!

Children of course realise that they feel good when music comes their way, and so they respond through movement as a way of expressing their pleasure – which in turn is the origin of dance.

All of which explains why we generally see children respond physically to music when they hear it, even before they are able to speak, and certainly before they know what music is.

As a result, where music can be integrated as part of lessons, then the learning that takes place, happens more quickly and the information learned is retained for much longer than is otherwise the case.   The children will, quite simply, remember what they have learned and perform. 

Children of course realise that they feel good when music comes their way, and so they respond through movement as a way of expressing their pleasure – which in turn is the origin of dance.

All of which explains why we generally see children respond physically to music when they hear it, even before they are able to speak, and certainly before they know what music is.

As a result, where music can be integrated as part of lessons, then the learning that takes place, happens more quickly and the information learned is retained for much longer than is otherwise the case.   The children will, quite simply, remember what they have learned and perform. 

Which is why we have produced “Learn French through Raps”, which uses raps and songs to teach key French words and phrases.

The book contains 20 specially written raps which have been tried and tested in classrooms with children aged 5-14.

“Learn French through Raps” comes with a CD containing recordings of the raps, sung by native French speakers, as well as backing tracks, so that the children can make up their own versions. PowerPoints presentations and a teacher’s guide containing extension activities are also included.