Robin Harvey<br />New York University<br />Jean Zhu<br />CAIS<br />National Chinese Language Conference<br />April, 2011<b...
Who, What, Where?<br />Songs & Chants can be used:<br /><ul><li>For Any level, any age
To supplement other materials
As assessment (project)
Whenever you need to add energy to class!</li></li></ul><li>When<br />Songs & Chants can be used:<br /><ul><li>As “Main Co...
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!</li></li></ul><li>The Ideal Song or Chant<br /><ul><li>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</li></li></ul><li>Steps in Teaching Songs & Chants<br /><ul><li>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?</li></li></ul><li>Steps in Teaching Songs & Chants<br /><ul><li>Speaking Tasks
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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 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)

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

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