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Article

Songs and drama integrated in EFL learning

Julia B. Kuzmenkova, Maria A. Erykina.

At present there is a growing concern among language teachers about developing non-traditional approaches to bridge the gap between classroom settings and real life situations. The article is intended to reveal the rich potential of musical performances based on the use of educational drama and songs in EFL teaching. The ever-increasing amount of research articles in various fields ranging from cognitive science and psycholinguistics to anthropology and sociolinguistics - to name just a few - highlight numerous benefits of the evolving trend. However a complex approach to integrating songs and drama in EFL learning has not so far received all the attention it deserves. The authors discuss an attempt at elaborating such an approach largely targeting young students in a L1 setting, its primary goal being to make them more motivated and receptive to language learning. We start by a brief overview of the present day state of the art, then move on to outlining the concept of the ELT Theatre and its implications for EFL learning, and finally illustrate some options of systemically implementing the approach offered to organising extra-curriculum at different stages of language acquisition.