Increasing fluency in L2 writing with singing

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Jenni Alisaari, Leena Maria Heikkola
Publisher: Department of English Studies, Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts, Adam Mickiewicz University
Place: Kalisz - Poznan
Publication year: 2016
Journal: Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching
Journal acronym: SSLLT
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 2
Start page: 271
End page: 292
eISSN: 2084-1965


Abstract

Fluency is an essential part of a language learner’s skills. Despite various studies
on fluency, little is known about the effects of different pedagogical methods
on the development of written fluency. In this paper, we examine how
different pedagogical methods affect the development of second language
learners’ written fluency. Participants in this study were 51 language learners
enrolled in two intensive Finnish courses. The pedagogical methods investigated
in the study were singing, listening to songs, and reciting lyrics of songs.
Written stories based on cartoon strips were used as a pretest and a posttest.
The fluency of written stories was analyzed based on the number of words
used in the texts. Differences between the groups taught by different pedagogical
methods were analyzed. The results seem to indicate that fluency increased
the most in the singing groups compared to the other groups. There
was also a statistically significant difference between the singing group and
the group reciting lyrics, as well as between the group listening to songs and
the group reciting lyrics.


Keywords

Fluency, L2 writing, singing

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