York Show&Tell 1st June 2013

I was one of the people who volunteered to present a quick slot at Suzi Bewell’s Show&Tell event in York today.

I shared a few ideas for using song in the classroom, and here are some links to the things I mentioned.

  • Firstly, there’s the ‘Adapting Familiar Tunes’, where we sang the time in German to the tune of Eastenders.
  • Then I referred to LyricsGap, a site where there are ready-made exercises in several languages, but where you can also customise your own based on the lyrics.

LyricsGap

  • For Germanists, there’s this great website where a guy called Alex creates videos of popular songs which he’s translated into German. One of my current favourites is Preisschild, a version of Jessie J’s Price Tag. You can find some activities to go with the video on this site.
  • I also referred to a post I wrote having seen Greg Horton speak at Language World earlier this year. Greg had some more excellent ideas for using song – take a look and feel free to get in touch if you want more of an explanation.

#lw2013 Language World 2013: Greg Horton – Motivational Ideas with Song

I was actually at Language World with work this year, but I was able to sneak off and take advantage of a fun and highly useful session given by Greg Horton.

Firstly, it was a delight to be in a session dominated by German for once ūüôā – although most of these ideas would also work with other languages.

Greg made some excellent suggestions as to how music can play a part in language learning, so here are a few of his ideas:

Obviously, some artists have already recorded songs in German, and can be used for scene-setting, a classroom treat, or a means of showing that not all popular music has to be in English.  Examples which Greg gave were: Peter Gabriel, Kraftwerk, and Nena. And of course, David Bowie.

But here are some other ideas which Greg suggested:

  • Pupils choose any tune they currently like, and sing a question in TL. ¬†Their partner answers, also using the same tune.
  • Ich bin dein Gummib√§r – use to practise masculine adjective endings “Ich bin dein kleiner, gr√ľner, s√ľsser …. Gummib√§r”
  • Da Da Da¬†– give simple opinions in four syllables: “Ich liebe gr√ľn, ich hasse gelb, aha” and sing their own version. ¬†Can also look at how “liebe” becomes shortened to “lieb'”, and so can gain an extra syllable.
  • Sing personal pronouns to karaoke version of “We Will Rock You” – (Ich, du, er ,sie, wir, ihr, Sie, sie).
  • In a similar vein, sing the verb¬†“sein” to the theme of Mission Impossible¬†(actions and movement around the classroom make this very lively and memorable!)
  • Use the song Jeden Tag bin ich bei Facebook drin to reinforce the phrase “gef√§llt mir”.

  • Pupils can make their own lyrics to express what their mobile phone means to them using the chorus from Mein neues Handy.
  • Timeline Dancing: pupils work in pairs and must ‘waltz’. One partner says a sentence – if it’s in present tense, step sideways; past tense, step back; future tense, step forward. If it also includes an opinion, twirl! This can be scaffolded by having some phrases visible on the board if necessary.

*Gratuitous David Bowie video*