Melodies, Rhythm and Cognition in Foreign Language Learning
Melodies, Rhythm and Cognition in Foreign Language Learning is a collection of essays reflecting on the relationship between language and music, two unique, innate human capacities. This book provides a clear explanation of the centrality of melodies and rhythm to foreign language learning acquisition. The interplay between language music brings to applied linguists inquiries into the nature and function of speech melodies, the role of prosody and the descriptions of rhythmical patterns in verbal behaviour. Musical students seem to be better equipped for language learning, although melodies and rhythm can benefit all types of students at any age. In fact, in this book melodies and rhythm are considered to be a springboard for the enhancement of the learning of foreign languages.
Dr M. Carmen Fonseca-Mora is the Head of the Research in Affective Language Learning Lab and Professor in the Department of English Philology at the University of Huelva, Spain, where she has also served as Vice-Chancellor for Lifelong Learning Programmes and Innovation. Her main research interests are applied linguistics and language teacher training, particularly music and language learning. She is currently a member of the Conseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council (CEL/ELC).
Dr Mark Gant is Acting Head of the Modern Languages Department at the University of Chester, UK. Mark has research interests in nineteenth century ideology and fiction in Spain and in teaching and learning in Higher Education. He is currently co-editor of the English edition of the media education research journal Comunicar, and is Chair of the Association for Contemporary Iberian Studies.
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