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Achoiring language

Presentation to explore how music and singing can be used in helping students acquire language.

Stephan Hughes

on 18 September 2010

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Transcript of Achoiring language

Double click anywhere & add an idea "If music be the food of love, then play on"
William Shakespeare What better way to help students boost their pronunciation and speaking confidence in a relaxed and motivating atmosphere? Music has always been an ally of language teaching

general entertainment
new words and expressions
presenting or reviewing grammar
learning about the culture of the speakers
kinesthetic activities
other uses? What about pronunciation? Real language is

rising and falling patterns
connected speech
continuous flow
simplification of sounds Please allow me to introduce myself
My name’s Stephan and I’m from a long way.
I love reading and playing football
Listening to music is the greatest thing
Pleased to meet you
Stephan is my name oh yeah
I know teaching has its ups and downs
But I can do it all day.
Does this sound familiar? Sound recognition and discrimination Approximation drills Reduced forms Sentence stress English is a stress-timed language A good drill will never fail A musical drill makes it all meaningful RE-CON-CILE

I want to RECONCILE the violence in your heart
I want to RECOGNIZE your beauty's not just a mask
I want to EXORCIZE the demons from your past
I want to SATISFY the undisclosed desires in your heart

From the song "Undisclosed Desires of the Heart" by Muse
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LA-LA-LA-LAAAAAAAA I can't see me
Loving nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me
Baby the skies will be blue
For all my life Use songs to create awareness
and stimulate confidence Vocalizing Speak musical chunks
cigarette Personalize chunks
When I get older, I will be ... Use karaoke activities Use songs that suit age groups and tastes Continue the story:
Wednesday morning at 5 o' clock as the day begins
Silently closing her bedroom door
Leaving the note that she hoped would say more
She goes downstairs to the kitchen clutching her handkerchief
Quietly turning the back door key
Stepping outside she is free
She (we gave her most of our lives)
is leaving (sacrifice most of our lives)
home (we gave her everything money could buy)
She's leaving home after living alone for so many years (bye bye)
Bring out the singer in your students

Thanks for coming! stephan.hughes@culturainglesa.net
twitter.com/defstef98 Whabetawaytateachtheschwa?

neva say neva
neva can say gabye Even explore lexical choice

...... love is like the ocean (Perhaps)

........ I never told you (Maybe) And the /d/ sound?

Can't be tamd

I just cald to say How about getting students to record their melodic drills on


How does effective learning take place?

The affective/emotional factor You don't have to necessarily start a choir But you can help students achoir learning engagingly
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