French and Spanish language competence through songs

    European Commission  - Lifelong Learning Programme

Grundtvig Learning Partnership Action - Agreement: n° 2010-1-IT2-GRU06-14018-1 

Website address: www.languagesbysongs-eu






The idea of this project comes from the awareness that it is more and more important to promote plurilinguism  in intercultural communication and the integration of all European citizens both in schools and  in lifelong learning courses.

This project adds French and Spanish to a previous project – Languages and Integration through Singing – carried out  from 2008-10  concerning Italian, Romanian and Russian. It is part of the activities by FENICE targeted on making  foreign language learning easier.

In order to encourage innovation in education, to give suitable methodological and technological answers right for the target groups ( teachers of French and Spanish as L2 and their students – no matter the age-  and people  from various age groups learning French and Spanish as L2, but also people wishing to learn one of the two languages  for work, tourism or immigration, the project wants to disseminate new ways to teach a foreign language, linking the use of songs (particularly useful to build up communicative skills in a foreign language and intercultural learning)  to the use of karaoke and audio visual materials put in the web. This approach overcomes the problems caused by  age and different types of learners.

The teaching materials, at CEFR A2 and B1 levels,  require learners to have A1  linguistic competence and is based on the guidelines,  elaborated in the previous project, which explain the  methodological frame, the introduction to the method and give suggestions both on how to introduce the music approach when teaching a language and on how to write suitable exercises.

After being experimented to ensure suitability, relevance and effectiveness, the materials will be put in the website  where one can already find the materials concerning Italian, Romanian and Russian. The materials can be used everywhere in Europe, also for autonomous learning and the project can be considered a model  to apply to other languages as well.

In order to disseminate this method throughout Europe, the partners will write the program of a five-day course to put in the Comenius Grundtvig Catalogue. Thus it will be possible to create a network among  teachers, both trainers and trainees, who, in their turn, will spread the method, developing it and changing it according to their needs and teaching practices.

Other objectives:



The main activities of this  two-year project are:



Widening the trilingual site (Italian, Romanian and Russian) adding materials in the other two languages (French and Spanish)

For each language the site, which uses interactive techniques and technologies  for the management of video and audio products, contains five sections:

a. General information on the project (objectives, activities, expected outcomes)

b. A Teachers’ Area containing 1) methodological procedures on the use of songs in the teaching/learning of a language and instructions on the use of the  teaching materials and on the production of one’s own materials  2) a report on the results of the experimentation.

c. A Work Area to be used both by teachers and by autonomous learners containing sample songs with lyrics, video, karaoke and worksheets with exercises, activities and practical advice  for language teachers. Teachers of French and Spanish, who do not belong to the partnership but are interested in collaborating to and developing this methodology, may send their materials to this section.

d. A section called “Who we are” containing information on the partners, the authors of the teaching materials and the teachers who experimented with them.

e.  A Link Area containing links with to radio and TV channels and websites on the learning of the above mentioned languages, to websites on language teaching with  the support of music and also texts for the learning of a language through songs.


Production of technological and learning contents

a.    Introduction to the method  and information on the formative and cognitive objectives

b.   Elaboration of teaching materials with guidelines for the teachers, music themes, vocabulary, grammar contents, exercises to learn the language with karaoke, answer sheets to help learners verify and analyse their results.

c.   Technical analysis of the linguistic input and definitions of technical requirements; development of software and graphic design.


Experimentation of materials in the partner countries:

·          Choice of the most suitable institutions for the piloting phase (schools, centres for adult education)

·          Evaluation of the results

·          Revision of materials on the basis of  the experimentation


A plan for the dissemination of the results so that the music approach combined to the use of the internet may be adopted by a great number of training institutions and schools; definition of a strategy for  sustainability  and the follow-up of the project after its end.




This project, still coordinated by FENICE, is carried out by a multinational partnership including institutions from three countries: Italy, Romania and Spain:

  • Federazione Nazionale Insegnanti Centro di iniziativa per l’Europa – FENICE – Naples, Italy – a non-profit teacher association which supports any initiative favouring the integration of the intellectual resources of schools in the cultural growth of society, promotes and plans initiatives, training projects, refresher courses, the cultural improvement of  teachers as well as research and experimentation in the teaching field, and takes part in the research and development of technologies aiming at making learning easier, education and vocational training more accessible thanks to the modern means of communication. Furthermore it publish a newspaper called «Scuol@Europa» sent to all the secondary schools of Italy and a newsletter sent out in three languages (IT, EN, FR) all over Europe to institutions and policy makers with information on its activities in transnational partnerships in European Projects (16 until now) with the aim to promote the products and the methods developed by transnational partnerships to a wider audience, and to encourage the exchange of ideas and experiences.

  • The University of Bucharest is one of the most important institutions for higher education in Romania and every year it involves in its activity more than 30,000 thousand students specializing in various fields of learning. As it has been directly involved in the reorganization  of  the Romanian teaching system, the University  has taken measures and conceived several projects leading to the elaboration  of new curricula, national laws and regulations. In 2000 the University has received a special award from the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports because of its great merits which make this institution one of the first 500  universities in the world. Being interested in national and international collaborations, considered a priority,  the University has concluded  many professional agreements (international masters and courses, doctorates) and has taken part in various European programmes , such as Erasmus, Lingua, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Unica, Amos, Tempus, Tempra, etc).The Department of French in the Faculty of foreign Languages and Literatures, with its 50 members, offers great opportunities of  training in linguistics, literary studies, translation and translation studies, applied modern languages, teaching methodology and anthropology. The students specialising in French must attend a course of methodology and a six-month teaching stage and during them they have to hand out teaching projects. The University is also in charge of the teachers’ in-service training. A hundred a year follow the courses planned for them.

  • IES “Ribeiro do Louro” is a secondary high school giving general  education, vocational training and courses for lifelong learning. It is situated in Porrino (Pontevedra), Spain and has 68 teachers and about 600 hundred students. Among its specialised courses it has advanced training courses in International Trade, Management, Telecommunication Systems and Computer Science. It has a great experience in planning and teaching European courses and has been both a partner and a promoter in projects within the Socrates, Leonardo and Youth programme and Sudoeste Interreg.

·         In addition to the above mentioned, the following institutions will act as ASSOCIATED PARTNERS and will have an active role in the project:

·         ITIS "Galileo Ferraris" (Napoli - Italy): a State secondary technical school dealing with Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, provided of multimedia experts of ICT and technologies of management of sound and video (technical sound, video technician, web designer, web master, …) as well as of a laboratory equipped with necessary instrumentation for the accomplishment of the material sound and video.

·         The “Anastasia Popescu” School (BucharestRomania) is a private institution certified by the Romanian Ministry of Education, Research and Sports. Beside the usual teaching work, the curriculum includes several activities to train  and develop the learners’ artistic skills. According to their inclinations, the students attend drama classes, instrumental or vocal music classes, visual arts classes, sports, dance sessions. Foreign languages (French, German and English) are one of the main focuses in this school. Their intense teaching/learning activity leads to the organization of performances, arts exhibitions and to participation in many competitions, both inside and outside the school.

·         The “Stefan Luchian” School of Arts (Botosani – Romania) is an institution specializing in arts and music. It is a kind of comprehensive school going from primary to high school. The school organizes several artistic activities such as recitals, concerts, individual or group exhibitions, school competitions for all the school subjects and contests to assess the learners’ interpretative and creative skills. The students are also trained in voluntary activities organized by the local community.