This was one of the first occasions when I used music and I’ll admit, it wasn’t very innovative. It was also technically thwarted so it’s a kinda “learn-from-my-mistakes” or a “how not to do it” post.
I really-really wanted to use this song.
A) I like it.
B) It’s a great example to highlight the difference between home and house.
In this order. As I’ve said before I’m not really (or only) bringing music to the classroom for my students but also for me.
The only problem I had was how to play it for the KET class. I’ve got it through Amazon prime so can’t copy the file. I’ve tried my phone though and it sounded loud enough in the empty classroom.
Not so much when the kids were there.
“Teacher, it’s not loud enough!” they kept complaining. Well, not in those exact words, it was more like the broken exclamation of “no hear it teacher, no hear it!” But I got the gist of it.
I tried the classic “fill-in-the-gaps” exercise but as a result of my inexperience I took out too many words. I now know better. Thankfully they all had just the one paragraph (different for each of them) but the blank ratio was too high in each part.
Still, we did discuss the difference of home and house Spanish people can struggle with and they were humming the song when they left. But yeah, we need better volume and less blanks for this kind of exercise at this level. I’ll keep that in mind next time.
In April I set myself a challenge to use more music when teaching English. I passionately believe in the power of music to make everything better and I want to motivate my students to feel more relaxed, and at the same time more inspired about learning English. I’m sure it’ll be a journey with ups and downs! 😉
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