Tuesday, 24 January 2012


What is it? What does it do?


Lyrics Training is a website utilizing embed YouTube music videos of popular songs to provide language learners with a interesting way to practice listening and speaking skills. Users can choose from 6 languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Dutch) and videos are categorized into three levels of difficulty (easy, medium and hard). The song will pause after each line and wait for the user to fill in the blanks. Users can also choose the Karaoke pattern to see the full lyrics as the song plays along.

Why is this particular tool or technology relevant to language learning? What approaches to language learning or research underpin the use of this technology?

This website can be used for practicing listening, word-spelling and learn the authentic pronounciation.

User can search their favourite songs and doing the lyrics filling game while enjoying the song. There are three levels to choose from like beginner, intermediate and expert. Different levels need to fill in different amount of words.As for the beginner, they've got 10% blanks to fill in. And 25% for the intermediate level. AS for the expert, they need to fill in all the missing lyrics.

How might you use it to foster language learning in class/outside class?

Nowadays, tons of students are fond of  listening to music and this website is like a warehouse including many kinds of songs in different languages. They can search for what they like and this pattern makes this learning activity inside this process more feasible with combining entertainment and learning together. During this process of learning how to sing the song, they will learn the words and correct pronounciation as well. Even some authentic sentence patterns can also be picked up. I prefer to give them some follow-up activities to  on this website.

  • Some students may just choose the karaoke pattern to see the full lyrics without challenging themselves to listen and fill in the blanks.
  • Some videos maybe not suitable for kids with violent scenes inside.

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