Last year we had Harvard University publishing their research on Genki English. ( “the programme had a significant, positive and robust impact on students’ learning outcomes“ is what they said.)
And this year researcher Glenn Davis has just completed a very interesting study at the University of Oxford in the UK on the effectiveness of using songs vs. stories to “promote more nativelike holistic treatment of phrases.” Of course using Genki English songs and stories.
Glenn didn’t actually find that one method was better than the other, but he concludes with:
… there is a growing body of research indicating that songs and stories are equally effective.
And I guess you can’t say fairer than that – especially from Oxford University! 🙂
Once the full 199 page report is available online, I’ll be sure to link it up.
And for those of you who aren’t using Genki English yet, Oxford, Harvard, what more are you waiting for? 🙂 (Maybe if I had won the ESU President’s award and got to go to Buckingham Palace it would have been the perfect trio!)
As always comments are much appreciated!
P.S. I also just updated the Superhero Vegetable posters, I think you’ll like them!