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[Repost] The meaning of a sentence "A song can be..."
« on: November 22, 2016, 11:50:30 AM »
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In the following passage from the article "Using English in the Adult ESL classroom" by Kristen Lems, the author suggests that teaching through songs may expand students' cultural knowledge.
However, I do not quite understand the sentence in bold. Could you explain that to me please? It means perhaps that there might be some poems, videos, etc. connected with the theme of a song and that can supplement that song? That is, a teacher can make use of songs, poems, videos etc. that are somehow connected thematically in order to talk about foreign culture?

"Songs can be used in discussions of culture. They are a rich mine of information about human relations, ethics, customs, history, humor, and regional and cultural differences. A song can be part of a unit that also contains poems, video footage, or still photographs. Recordings of freedom songs from the civil rights movement can be a powerful accompaniment to watching Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on video, for example"
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Re: [Repost] The meaning of a sentence "A song can be..."
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 11:53:28 AM »
"part of a unit" just means that you could use songs in addition to other things in a particular part of your class. In a "general science" class you might have a "unit" on linguistics, and another on biology, and another on physics, for example.

Is that what you mean?

When I first read this I thought you meant it was some kind of technical usage, but after reading it again I realize it's just a description of lesson plans for a topic: play some songs, show some videos, have a discussion, assign homework, give a test, etc.
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Re: [Repost] The meaning of a sentence "A song can be..."
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 01:22:10 PM »
That's exactly what I meant. Thank you for your clarification.