Musicians Outperform Non-Musicians In English Language Vocabulary Uptake And Listening Comprehension Tasks

Authors

  • Nataliia Vyspinska Ternopil Volodymyr Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18662/rrem/131

Keywords:

music students, vocabulary acquisition, musical abilities, listening skills, foreign language learning,

Abstract

Numerous possibilities, that have arisen in the result of globalization and cultural integration, require modern specialists, and musicians in particular, to speak English language fluently. Thus, methods of teaching professionally directed foreign language should develop and heed special abilities of learners to meet their academic and professional needs. Foreign language acquisition is influenced by numerous factors such as deciphering and processing of speech sounds, words segmentation, pronunciation, memory, attention, the ability to associate the sound of the word with its meaning. It is considered that musical abilities have positive impact on these factors. The influence of musical training on foreign language acquisition has been in scope of many scholarly works worldwide. It is considered that music expertise facilitates the development of phonological, listening and vocabulary skills in foreign language learning. Moreover, musicians have abilities to detect subtle pitch deviations in music and language, segment continuous speech, as well as superior auditory abilities, which enable them to hear better even in noise. Therefore, we hypothesize, that listening can be an effective tool in teaching English professionally directed lexical competence to future musicians. In this study we analyse theoretical data relevant to the current research and seek to compare performance of musicians and non-musicians in various vocabulary and listening tasks when learning English lexical competence through listening. Our findings prove that musical expertise enhances listening comprehension skills; listening leads to vocabulary uptake and can be an effective source of English professionally directed lexical competence development in musicians.

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Published

2019-06-03

How to Cite

Vyspinska, N. (2019). Musicians Outperform Non-Musicians In English Language Vocabulary Uptake And Listening Comprehension Tasks. Revista Romaneasca Pentru Educatie Multidimensionala, 11(2), 296-309. https://doi.org/10.18662/rrem/131

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