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Musical looping of lexical chunks: An exploratory study


This paper reports on the experimental use of a recently developed musical looping app with a class of Japanese university students of English during 2014. Working in groups using shared handheld devices, students created compositions based on lexical chunks or formulaic sequences selected freely from a fixed text. A scored example of one such group composition is included in the paper. During research, the author acted as instructor and a participant/ observer role afforded an intimate view of the educational process. Self-assessment questionnaires prior to and post working with Loopy indicate that students experienced increased confidence in their ability to produce spoken English over a three-month period. The affordances and constraints of using the musical app to learn English are examined and a significant increase in speech rate when reading from a fixed text is also noted.


Rockell, K. (2015). Musical looping of lexical chunks: An exploratory study. The JALT CALL Journal, 11(3), 235-253. https://doi.org/10.29140/jaltcall.v11n3.195