Canzoni a Tema – The benefits of learning Italian to the sound of music

Canzoni a Tema (themed songs) is a popular activity exclusive to ILC. Teacher Giovanna Amatruda created this course to explore a different approach to the teaching and learning of Italian. Why is listening to song lyrics and singing along so effective when it comes to learning a language? Giovanna explains the reason behind Canzoni a Tema.

This course is designed to provide students with a unique learning approach which allows them to experience comprehension of current language, authentic pronunciation and modern Italian culture in a different way to what is usually offered in an academic setting. Being a short course (3 Fortnightly Saturdays) anyone can join in: students of Italian already enrolled in longer programs and anyone wanting to learn/improve their Italian in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Do people have to be good at singing to enrol in Canzoni a Tema?

Absolutely not, you just need to love music! Canzoni a Tema is not a choir, during the sessions we analyze songs from different angles, listening and reflecting on the lyrics.

Why are songs a great way to learn a language?

By memorizing lyrics students learn full phrases and idioms that can be used in everyday life situations. Listening and singing along is also a great way to improve pronunciation; an aspect tricky to master when learning a phonetic language like Italian. Lastly, learning songs helps enrich one’s vocabulary and is an easy way to remember words.

Can students join this course if they are already studying Italian at school or online?

Yes, everyone is welcome. Canzoni a Tema is a short course designed for people who can’t commit to a full semester as well as avid students who just can’t get enough of learning Italian! This  unique learning approach is also an opportunity to expose students to aspects of Italian culture in a way not found in a textbook or an app.

Do students have to have studied Italian previously to join Canzoni a Tema?

Everyone is welcome to join the course, even people with no prior experience. ILC offers 3 levels: Beginner, Improvers and Advanced, so students can start from where they feel comfortable. Activities carried out during classes are designed to meet each group’s abilities and needs.

What can people expect from a typical lesson?

The lesson starts with an association of ideas (we call this exercise brainstorming); after that, it’s time to listen to the song and reflect on the lyrics as well as the musical aspects. This is when the use of language and grammar is discussed in more depth. At the end of each class it all comes together and those who wish are welcome to sing along or just listen to the lyrics and perform their best lip-sync! 

What outcome can students expect from participating in this course? 

By participating in this short course, student will improve their pronunciation, widen their vocabulary, experience a glimpse of modern Italian culture and of course, make some new AMICI!

Should Italian teachers consider enrolling as well?

The time spent attending courses such as Canzoni a Tema not only boosts continual professional development hours required by the Queensland College of Teachers, but also helps maintain language proficiency.

For more information about prices and online enrolment visit the Canzoni a Tema page.

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