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WHY THIS KOLAVERI DE? SONG AS A LANGUAGE TEACHING AID - AN EXPERIMENT

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Author(s): V. Rajesh | J. Jaya Parveen

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 446;
Date: 2013;
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ABSTRACT
Spoken English classes have become a part and parcel of engineering studies in Tamilnadu. It is because most of the engineering students have good subject knowledge but lack communication skills. Students in Tamil medium schools learn English as a single subject for 12 years. They don't have any exposure to English learning or writing. When they enter into engineering colleges which teach mostly in English, they feel difficult to understand the lessons. They try hard to learn the subject and get good percentage in semester exams, but fail in interviews because of no communication skills. So, many engineering colleges in Tamilnadu insist on conducting Spoken English classes as a part of placement training for the students. Teachers enjoy teaching Spoken English along with the regular syllabus. However, they face problems when they have to use the same course materials in a classroom with mixed-ability students. This paper explains the ways in which a simple song like Why This Kolaveri De? can be utilised for language teaching and explores its effectiveness in mixed-ability classrooms.
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