When learning a difficult language like Mandarin Chinese it is important to create a good learning strategy. One great way to do this is to reference what is called the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, published by Harvard’s Howard Gardner. This theory declares that there are seven unique types of learners, visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, and logical-mathematical. This article is going to offer language learning strategies for musical learners, as defined by the theory.
What is a Musical Learner?
Musical learners are very sensitive to rhythm and sound. They are music lovers, yes, but they are more than that. They are very aware of and sensitive to all sounds in their environment. They learn well if using tools such as musical instruments, radio, music, and various multimedia devices.
Learning Strategy 1
If you are one of those people who are always tapping their toes to the beat of their favorite songs, then, by all means, incorporate that enthusiasm into your language learning. The best way to do that is by turning your vocabulary words into lyrics. For example, if you are learning how to discuss feelings and emotions in your target language, write a song about how you’re feeling. Then sing it back in your target language. You’ll have fun and cement the meanings of your vocabulary words in your head at the same time.
Learning Strategy 2
The minds of musical learners have an amazing ability to recall words and phrases that are spoken rhythmically. If you are one of these people, take advantage of this gift. For example, if you are trying to memorize greetings and introductions in your target language, make your task easier by speaking them rhythmically. If you do, you’ll find that you remember much more using far less effort.
Learning Strategy 3
Modern pop songs are full of simple words and ideas, and they cover a wide range of topics, from love to politics. Since you are naturally inclined to enjoy and remember things presented in a musical context, use popular songs to help learn your target language. First download the lyrics to songs sung in your target language. Next, memorize the lyrics. Finally, listen to the songs and sing along, remaining conscious of each word being sung.
Learning strategy 4
Musical learners show a great affinity for using multimedia devices. Take advantage of this by searching out software and Internet-based programs that use multimedia extensively in their programs. You will find these far more interesting than sitting down with a book or reading and box of flash cards. Use multimedia and you will remain motivated and improve your language acquisition abilities.
Musical learners are sensitive to the sounds present in their environments, and they learn best by incorporating music into their learning strategies. If you are one of these people, use rhythm, sound, and multimedia devices as learning tools, and you will make great progress.