The students of Palestine at an elementary school for the blind in the West Bank are learning English through songs. It’s a welcome departure for the youngsters from the usual braille textbooks and memorising the rules of grammar.
Hind Al-Tamimi said, In some specific subjects I like to motivate them to learn. So, I teach them grammar or vocabulary by creating a song, because they feel better and they keep repeating it. We are dealing with students with special needs, they are blind or visually impaired, so we urge them to depend on their hearing sense more than their sense of touch that they use in braille.
But some parents in the religiously conservative town of Hebron are concerned the use of music in the classroom is not in harmony with Islamic tradition, while students said they were delighted with the new curriculum.
English-language studies supervisor at the Palestinian Ministry of Education Rashid said, he has been assuring families that music can be a positive learning tool. He also said, the people think that the musical methods and singing may lead to dancing, so they may not accept it.
we choose 25 schools and made it clear to the headmasters that the musical method is not taboo and not shameful, before we adopted this method at all of the schools. Scientific studies have shown that musical sounds enhance neuroplasiticity, or the brain’s ability to adapt and change as a result of training and experience, making learning easier.