TIPS FOR USINGSONGS IN CLASS KATHIUSKA MURCIA CORTES
If you can commit tousing music once a week,you may soon see thebenefits, and realize thatyou want to do it moreoften and in a variety ofways.Here are some activitiesfor you to try:
Focus it• Have them think about the title of the song, in groups or pairs. Find a picture that relates to the subject of the song and have students make guesses about it.
Highlight itGet students to circle, underline or highlight specific words or word categories.
Stop it • Students must shout STOP any time they hear one of the new words.• You could also stop the song before a word you want them to guess or detail.
Lip sync it Have students lipsync the song beforea team of judges in aClass Idol show. This allows them tobecome familiar with the words, rhythm,stress and intonation before actually singing the words out loud.
Strip itCut the song into strips and give each studentone strip to memorize. Students then organizethemselves in the right order, speak the songand then listen and check. When I see your face theres not a thing… that I would change… …Cause youre amazing Just the way you are… …And when you smile the whole world stops… …and stares for a while …Cause girl youre amazing Just the way you are.
Question it• What is the best explanation for this: "I love you just the way you are when not being just the way you are"?
Gap itYou can prepare a gapped version of the lyrics and let students complete them before listening and then check afterwards.
Draw it Get students to draw or collage thesong and compare the visualizations in class
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