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D. Exposure to language used in more creative ways

Nursery rhymes and children's songs are often composed using very creative and humorous language. There is practically no limit to what can be included in a song. Very often the contents of rhymes and songs deal with very light matters related to food, toys, animals, relatives, and friends and a lot of funny things or even nonsense. This shows pupils the wide range of possibilities they can have and hence stimulates their creativity.

E. Exposure to cultural phenomena

Most nursery rhymes and songs are composed to express one's experience and/or feelings towards a particular thing, person or incident. They are vivid expressions of the traditions, cultural phenomena and values of the countries from which they come. By highlighting these aspects for pupils, teachers can expose them to the cultures of different countries and encourage them to compare other cultures with their own.

Both language and customs are part of culture. Rhymes and songs can be used to introduce children to the idea that languages and customs change over time. Many of the words used in rhymes are slightly archaic but have modern-day equivalents. Also, rhymes can introduce children to some of the differences in the way we live now and how people lived long ago. For example, the boys in the rhyme "Jack and Jill" were fetching water, and the teacher can start a discussion about where we get water from now and how people used to go to wells for water and carry the water home. Rhymes and songs can lead to discussions about the differences between now and then.


Task Seven Analyzing   Can you think of one song which is particularly good for each of the following aspects? (Please select a different song for each aspect so that you start building up your own bank of songs. You can refer to the following website for some of the examples: http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html)
Benefits of using rhymes and songs Examples (e.g. Three Blind Mice)
1. Exposure to rhymes and word families  
2. Exposure to patterned language-repetition of certain language forms  
3. Learning of vocabulary and rhythm  
4. Exposure to language used in more creative ways  
5. Exposure to different cultures  

 

 


Answer

Benefits of using rhymes and songs Examples (e.g. Three blind mice)
1. Exposure to rhymes and word families This Old Man (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) Humpty Dumpty Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Bobby Shaftoe
2. Exposure to patterned language-repetition of certain language forms She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) Polly Put the Kettle on (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) Old MacDonald Had a Farm The Bear Went over the Mountain
3. Learning of vocabulary and rhythm I'm a Little Teapot (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) My Bonnie (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) Row, Row, Row Your Boat Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes
4. Exposure to language used in more creative ways Old MacDonald Had a Farm (http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/hpdnursery.html) Hickory Dickory Dock I'm a Little Teapot
5. Exposure to different cultural phenomena Jack and Jill


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