R. Harvey, J. Zhu: Songs and Chants in the Chinese Classroom: Inventive Language Learning Techniques 2 (C8)
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Songs and chants based on natural, communicative language feature repetition, rhythms and patterns (including, in Chinese, the tones) helpful to learning a language. In this highly interactive ...

Songs and chants based on natural, communicative language feature repetition, rhythms and patterns (including, in Chinese, the tones) helpful to learning a language. In this highly interactive session, participants will examine real classroom examples that demonstrate how music, rhythm and body
movement can create joyful and effective Chinese language learning for all types of learners, and that can extend lessons beyond the spoken language to reading and writing skills. Participants will create their own songs, chants and song-based activities and will develop lesson plans to allow for the creative use of language, encouraging students to create their own songs or chants for performance in the classroom, school and for parents.

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R. Harvey, J. Zhu: Songs and Chants in the Chinese Classroom: Inventive Language Learning Techniques 2 (C8) R. Harvey, J. Zhu: Songs and Chants in the Chinese Classroom: Inventive Language Learning Techniques 2 (C8) Presentation Transcript

  • Robin Harvey
    New York University
    Jean Zhu
    CAIS
    National Chinese Language Conference
    April, 2011
    Songs & Chants in the Chinese Classroom
  • Who, What, Where?
    Songs & Chants can be used:
    • For Any level, any age
    • To supplement other materials
    • As assessment (project)
    • Whenever you need to add energy to class!
  • When
    Songs & Chants can be used:
    • As “Main Course” for a unit
    • To supplement other materials
    • As assessment (project)
    • For practicing all 4 skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing
    • Three modes: interpretive, interpersonal, presentational
    • Whenever you need to add energy to class!
  • The Ideal Song or Chant
    • Uses natural language
    • Catchy tune or rhythm which emphasizes the natural rhythm of the language
    • Topic students are interested in/you are currently teaching
    • Structures you are currently teaching
    • Question & Answer pattern
  • Steps in Teaching Songs & Chants
    • Listening Tasks
    • MUST give students task to do while listening
    • Count how many times a phrase appears
    • Listen for all sports they know
    • Listen for meaning: what is the song about?
  • Steps in Teaching Songs & Chants
    • Speaking Tasks
    • Sing with gestures
    • Memorize and perform for class
    • Write their own version
    • Change a few words
    • Use only the rhythm & basic patterns
    • 元宵节
  • Steps in Teaching Songs & Chants
    • Reading
    • Read along
    • Radicals search
    • Figure out the rule
    • Writing
    • Create & Illustrate their own version
    • Write & perform their own version
  • Let’s Try It!
  • 四声歌
    Common Classroom Language
    Emphasizes Pronunciation
    Teaches names of tones along with pronunciation
    Answer to our boring drills!
    Great for dancing!
  • 感恩节做什么?感恩节我们看游行!
    长长的游行
    短短的游行
    。。。。
    游行好玩!
  • What other holidays could we use?
  • Thank you!
    Robin Harvey
    Project for Developing Chinese Language Teachers
    New York University
    Robin.harvey@nyu.edu
    (212)992-9367