In 20 minutes, learn to incorporate music in language instruction

There has been great response to my first two videos in this series, “Learn to… in 20 minutes”. Allow me to explain my perspective. World Language teachers have learned a lot of different activities as we have transitioned to proficiency. To further the profession, I want to share the best of these ideas with others. I am especially thinking of teachers who don’t have colleagues because their department is just them, teachers who are new to the profession or teachers who want to hone their skills. You will notice that I am publishing a video a month and these videos together are a forming a World Language Tool Box.

I am passionate about using songs as authentic documents to teach language. From this 20 minute video you will understand how I do this with intention and purpose to instruct language.

I share four ideas to use communication around songs:

  • Opinions and reactions
  • Story Scripts
  • Penguin stories
  • Lyrics as a reading

to make input comprehensible while using songs to motivate students.

Think about what you can make your own. Consider adding your next step in the comments to start a conversation with other teachers. I will be sharing about how to get students talking with art in my next video. Until next time!

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