Motivation in ESL classroom: Uncovering the effectiveness of the implementation of songs in the secondary education in Hong Kong

Mei Yee FUNG

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Abstract

While songs have doubtlessly been a part of human cultures that serve various functions such as in personal expression, entertainment, recreational settings and even religious services, it has been proven that songs have long been integrated into the experiential process of human languages. With the convenience of the Internet, music and lyrics have been easily accessed to in classroom settings and students’ lives. Many studies have found that the incorporation of songs in learning a new language can foster better achievements in aspects of vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Nevertheless, the discussion on the implementation of songs as motivation in English lessons and especially secondary schools in Hong Kong has been lacking. The aim of this research paper is to reveal the perceptions of Hong Kong secondary school students towards the use of songs in English lessons, and to evaluate the effectiveness of how songs motivate secondary school students in the acquisition of English as a Second Language (ESL). The target respondents will be secondary school students from a local secondary school in Hong Kong. This study will use a mixed method design of both quantitative and qualitative approaches which include questionnaires to be completed by students and a group interview conducted by the researcher respectively. The results are going to show the perceptions of secondary school students towards the use of songs in English lessons and explain the positive and negative impacts on students’ motivation in learning English. Due to the absence of studies of songs as motivation among secondary school students, and the fact that no research has been done based on the geography of Hong Kong, this study attempts to examine the effectiveness of songs in motivating secondary school students in the ESL classroom in Hong Kong, and thus offer strategies for teachers to better facilitate the implementation of songs in English lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ESL/EFL
  • Motivation
  • Learning
  • Songs
  • Secondary education
  • Honours Project (HP)
  • Bachelor of Education (Honours) (English Language) (Five-year Full-time)
  • Programme code: A5B059
  • Course code: ENG4903

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