This webinar is hosted in English
PRESENTER: Charles Goodger
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Charles will lead participants through the fundamental steps to setting up a song-based module designed to improve pronunciation.
In this webinar we're going to look at how action songs help teachers favour good pronunciation in the most enjoyable way. We’ll then also go through an action song module for older learners based around the song "Water is Everything”, a song that highlights the importance of an abundance of clean water for the survival of life in the 21st century. The aim is to raise awareness among teachers of the effectiveness of using action songs to present new
language and also to illustrate that action songs can work at any age level.
To get you focused on action songs, choose your best answer to these three questions:
A. Teaching and practising new words and language structures in an action song can help learners of any age because:
1) It’s fun.
2) You’re engaging several intelligences (musical, linguistic, kinaesthetic, visual) at the same time.
3) Students won’t forget a catchy tune.
B. Learning action songs is a fast-track way to intelligible pronunciation because:
1) The song won’t work unless it’s enunciated and intoned correctly.
2) Songs lyrics rhyme. Rhymes help you get the right pronunciation and accelerate memorization and recall of new words and meanings.
3) Expressive mime helps learners associate the meanings of new language chunks and collocations along with their correct pronunciation.
C. English is a highly accentuated language with irregular spelling. How does singing help with reading and writing?
1) Singing, learning and acting out new words before seeing them in written form means you are handling the four language skills in the correct order.
2) Singing catchy songs with meaningful lyrics engages the learner
emotionally. They will be more motivated when it’s time to work on the themes and vocabulary presented and hinted at in the song, in written form.
3) Reading and writing are artificial skills that need to be taught formally. Like speaking and understanding, singing and dancing are natural skills. If you know and understand a word or chunk first, your pronunciation won’t be effected by irregular spelling.
NEW YORK, United States
Jason R Levine (Fluency MC) has eighteen years of experience as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and materials writer. He has led student workshops and teacher training programs in sixteen countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.
After earning a master’s in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jason taught at several schools before becoming the director of curriculum development at Embassy English. In 2002, he co-founded a business English and test preparation school in New York City.
Jason conducts workshops for English students and teachers worldwide through Oremis Plaisir d’apprendre, Gallery Languages, and the U.S. Department of State.
He is the creator of the English Workout Method, an approach to English language learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC. He also writes for Oxford University Press and works as a trainer and consultant at Linguaid. In 2013, he created and launched ELT Techniques, the first live MOOC for English language teachers.
Jason maintains the Fluency MC YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter and Instagram accounts. He is an active administrator of many Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners, including Innovative Teachers of English, Teachers Teaching Online, Fluency MC Workshops in France and Belgium, and Gallery Languages Rhyme On Time Workshops.
Please contact Jason through his website: www.fluencymc.com