I hope the year has started with the right foot :) Here in Panama, we are enjoying our one-month vacation, while we get ready for the professional development session that will start on January 23rd.
This week I decided to share with you one interesting article from one of my favorite sites busyteacher.org, besides great materials, you also find wonderul teaching ideas there, and the best of all is that they are for free
The article is about the benefits of using chants with ESL students, specially the little ones. They even provide download links, and some chant examples. Just click on the title of th article below to go to the page:
Other useful websites where you can find more chants are:
http://www.teachchildrenesl.com/songs.htm (with great worksheets to download)
http://www.esl4kids.net/chants.html (A walk in the jungle is one of my students’ favorite when dealing with the wild animals unit.
And if you don’t find a jazz chant appropriate for your topic, then Carolyn Graham shares some ideas on how to create a jazz chant here.
I come from a family of musicians, and I know the value of music and rhythm in the teaching of another language, just ask my students
Have a great weekend!