These new kids need more public speaking skills than us. They will work on projects in teams, they will present their projects and they will need to be more confident in front of an audience. Thus, as teachers we can encourage our students to speak in front of an audience by assigning weekly projects. Friday afternoons can be a great time for doing this as on the last day of the week they feel tired and demotivated. You can find a lovely box, or a jar and put the project ideas in and ask them to choose the one for the next week.
Here are some suggestions but we can add more,
- Every week students choose a song which tell a story and prepare a 3-minute presentation about the song. They have to mention the band, singer, genre and the story of the song.
- Students scan through the week’s newspapers, online news channels and prepare their 3-minute presentation on current affairs.
- Students find out about the movies or the plays on and choose one that they’ve watched or want to watch and prepare a presentation.
- Students choose a quote that they like. Tell the class who said that and why they have chosen it and what it means.
- Students choose a colour and research how that colour effects people.
- Students choose two places they want to compare. they can be two cities, two cafes, two bookshops, two clothes shops, etc and prepare a 3-minute talk.
Nowadays there is a TV commercial of a fizzy drink that we talk a lot about. The dances used in the commercial is Bollywood style and we have just come across the original song on YouTube and it was not a surprise to find out that the song was from a Bollywood movie. The lyrics are in English but when I first listened I thought they were in Indian. Only when I focused, I caught the words. Then the idea emerged in my mind. Alas, it’s the end of year. I will not be able to use it this year but for the coming academic year, the song is on my list.
You can use the Soup Song to
1. teach pronunciation, comparing the British or the American pronunciation with the one in the song.
2. talk about English as a Lingua Franca, even conduct a discussion on different pronunciations of English.
3. talk about different accents.
You can try Lyric Race with your class. It will be fun.
If you think moving in the class will be difficult because you have a big class, then maybe you can try the following activity with them
1. Prepare a gap fill activity with the lyrics. On slips of papers, preferably on a colored paper, write the omitted words.
2. Divide your class into teams.
3. Give them the handouts and the omitted words. Tell students to lay all the words open on the desk before you start the song.
4. Play the song and ask them to fill in the gaps with the omitted words.
5. The winner is the one who finishes first.
I’d like to hear about your thoughts about the lesson and if you use it before I can use, I’ll be happy to hear how your lesson went.
Regular readers of this blog know that I LOVE using songs in my classes. Since the summer is here, I now have the chance to keep up with the things I’ve missed. First I discovered a beautiful tool (AnswerGarden) that I’ll use next year with my students and even at my presentations at the conferences. Then I came across with ReBeats, a tool that gives the learners a chance to play with songs on YouTube videos. Apparently it’s in its beginning stages and works only on computers and in random mode. You can’t choose a song to play but you can skip to the next random song by pausing the game.I’m planning to use it with 1 on 1 lessons and I’ll also recommend it to my students. I’m sure they’ll love it. The site can also be a good alternative for Friday afternoons when you feel the students are bored and waiting for the bell to ring 🙂
Without music, life would be a mistake.
These days I’m dealing with the tenses with all levels so I decided to group the songs according to the tenses. As I’m focused on Past Simple and past Continuous now, I’ve started from them.
When I prepare the lessons, I’ll also add them.
Because you Loved me Celine Dion
Jealous Guy John Lennon
Hotel California The Eagles
Storyman Chris de Burgh
Fairy Tale Alexander Rybak
Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks
Our Last Summer ABBA
No reply Beatles
Candle in the Wind Elton John
You were there Eric Clapton
Last week we read Eveline from Dubliners with my 12th graders. On Monday we will talk about the story in details and then I will assign them with several follow-up tasks.
Yesterday, on our way hoe we were listening to Bon Jovi and while listening to Runaway, I thought I might use the song with my class after talking about Eveline.
My plan is to discuss the song as follows but I will be very happy to hear your suggestions as well.