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     The Japan Association for Language Teaching  -JALT-   Sunday, Sep, 28th, 13:30 – 17:00   Presentations:   1. Popular Songs in the Language Learning Classroom   (13:30-14:15) by Robert Betts (Tokiwa University)   This workshop demonstrates the use of popular songs in the classroom to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the language classroom. The use of songs in the practice of language teaching is well documented in foreign language learning research. Songs selected from popular music motivates learners to explore language outside the normal structure for language learning activities in the classroom. In addition, the use of popular songs encourages students to listen to and sing songs in the target language.  The criteria for selecting popular songs are based on the following ideas: a) purpose – the purpose for using a song in the classroom (learn vocabulary/practice skills/content or message), b) length – the time allocated for the activity (long