VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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Using Cognitive Metaphors in English Songs to Enhance Reading and Writing Skills for English Majors
Anh Thi Viet Vu, Thu Thi Hong Nguyen

Building: A11
Room: 2nd floor Reading Room-A11 Building
Date: 2018-10-12 02:00 PM – 02:45 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16


The metaphorical images are expressed in songs and the artistic value of these images provides a new look into literature in particular and in communicationgenerally. Understanding metaphors is crucial to comprehend figurative language in literature and to enhance practicing skills of learning English. Adding metaphors when writing stories, poems or songs means adding interest and depth to writings. Metaphor is really an ideal new land for English- major students at universities to discover and improve their skills of English. It is an enjoyable learning tool to make communication more lively and colorful. By teaching students how to understand metaphors, we can lead them to the creativity and open their imagination. Using metaphors can also be an effective way in training learners with abstract thoughts as well as familiarizing them early with literary skills they will need inlifelong learning. This paper is performed in the aim of helping learners and teachers better understand cognitive metaphors in English songs and give some strategies to apply them flexibly and effectively in teaching reading and writing skillsfor English- major students.


cognitive metaphors, reading skill, writing skill, metaphorical images, English songs