Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, Volume (11), No (2), Year (2016-8) , Pages (50-63)

Title : ( The value of song lyrics for teaching and learning English phrasal verbs: a corpus investigation of four music genres )

Authors: Maryam Akbary , Hesamoddin Shahriari , Azar Hosseini Fatemi ,

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Abstract

Phrasal verbs are a notoriously difficult feature of English for most second language and foreign language learners to master. Different sources, such as movies, music, games and books, can provide learners with exposure to the most common phrasal verbs in English. This study aims to investigate the degree to which music can play a role in exposing learners to phrasal verbs through analyzing their frequency in song lyrics from different genres (i.e., Pop, Rock, Hip-hop and Metal). For this purpose, a corpus of 400 song lyrics by different artists from these four genres was searched for all existing phrasal verbs. The resulting list of phrasal verbs was compared to Garnier and Schmitt’s (2014) Phrasal Verb Pedagogical List in order to determine their value for learners. Further comparisons were subsequently drawn to determine which genre could be of greater use to language learning and instruction. The results revealed that song lyrics can potentially be a beneficial source for learning these constructions. Differences in the type and token frequency of phrasal verb among the four genres can also be used to determine the usefulness of each genre to students from various levels of proficiency.

Keywords

, Phrasal verbs, incidental learning, self-access materials, music, song lyrics
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author = {Akbary, Maryam and Shahriari, Hesamoddin and Hosseini Fatemi, Azar},
title = {The value of song lyrics for teaching and learning English phrasal verbs: a corpus investigation of four music genres},
journal = {Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching},
year = {2016},
volume = {11},
number = {2},
month = {August},
issn = {1750-1229},
pages = {50--63},
numpages = {13},
keywords = {Phrasal verbs; incidental learning; self-access materials; music; song lyrics},
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%A Hosseini Fatemi, Azar
%J Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching
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