When classes started this year I asked my students if they ever got engaged in activities which were not class related but helped them learn English. They all agreed that listening to songs was a great contribution to their learning. However, when I asked them to be more specific and explain what they learned and how, they started to doubt.
I think songs help you learn new words, remember passive vocabulary, maybe even improve your pronunciation. But songs are much more than words + music. They come to life in particular contexts and they are also the feelings, memories, opinions they trigger. All that can be expressed through language.
We are going to work in the school campus and as this is school work and I’m a teacher (not just a social media user), I’ve written down some rules and suggestions. I especially hope they follow my suggestions.
A side note
One of my favourite social media sites is Blip.fm. It is as simple and effective in fostering communication as twitter is. The difference is you communicate just through music.