Beatles Teaching English
Kaplan International Colleges is using songs by The Beatles to teach English as a second language.
Martin Hoschroer, an executive at Kaplan, says, “I’m not surprised by the dominance of The Beatles. The band are a cultural phenomenon whose impact is still felt today despite the fact that they split up over 40 years ago. The interesting thing is whether those English learners, who were taught the language through the music of The Beatles, are going around with a Liverpool accent!”
Paul McCartney’s son James says this is “a great way to learn any language — by learning through music. Music is a universal language that can bridge the traditional language barrier, and the music of The Beatles has always been a bridge of love and communication. I think this is great.”
Other music used to teach students includes songs by Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley and One Direction, but The Beatles are the overall favorite, according to students.