Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Look at Me!!

In today's lesson the learners practised and performed a 'Jazz Chant' with focus on text reconstruction and reading aloud.

You can use these jazz chants in a variety of fun ways. You can practice stress and rhythm with your class, to help your students sound more natural when they speak English. Also, because each jazz chant focuses on different vocabulary and grammar, you can also use them to review important words and structures!

The first task was to repeat the phrases and guess what the poem is about. The pronunciation was eagerly drilled but it wasn't until I slowly revealed a picture of a TV that they got the theme.
'Parts' of the poem were given out and were put in their correct sequence whilst listening, it was clear that everyone got the order correct.
A video of the poem was shown for students to understand the intonation and pace of the speech.
We then had a bit of a practice and began recording. I must add that I have full permission to record today's learners and publish them on this blog, anonymously. We went on to record each other performing the poem, this enabled us to identify problem areas and drill them further. Much improvement was made in the chant, however the presence of a digital recorder created some understandable shyness and anxiety making some of the tricky phrases like "You want what?" "What do you want?" even harder. Nevertheless this task was really enjoyed with eager participation and frequent laughter.

Once again many thanks to Jamie Keddie @ www.lessonstream.org for this fun and effective lesson.

This video demonstrates how interactive
 whiteboard software was used to support and enhance the lesson

Student Recordings

Worksheet - Poem Full

Poem Parts




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