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Postby andrea » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:14 pm

Hello

I have just entered and would like to exchange ideas and opinions about anything is linked with English language, cultures and traditions.

I am Italian and teach English to 11-14 - yo - students in a school near Florence.


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Postby _Arale_ » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:28 pm

hello andrea,
Glad to see you here.I will become an English teacher next time.I hope we can change some teaching meathods here.
Have fun with the forum !:)

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Postby Dixie » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:35 pm

Hey, English teachers! hehe

Hello Andrea, welcome to the club! Like Arale just said, we'd love to get to know you and exchange some teaching ideas. Welcome!

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Postby _Arale_ » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:55 pm

Hey, English teachers! hehe

Hello Andrea, welcome to the club! Like Arale just said, we'd love to get to know you and exchange some teaching ideas. Welcome!


Dixie,great!!! :wink:
Do you often use music to improve listening skill ?Students like music much but in my town, using music is still rare. I'd like this method ! :(

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Postby Dixie » Sat Oct 02, 2004 2:56 pm

Students love music, and I think it's a pretty good teaching resource. Pick a song you know they like, and their interest will increase! :D

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Postby andrea » Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:04 pm

Hi Dixie and Arale! :)

Well, i like to use music in my lessons, but i have found it a bit exhausting up to now. I have often had to cope with something which didn't work, and it's even difficult to find something whic could completely satisfy the class.

But i sometimes try with music, yeah.

thanks for your welcome! :D

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Postby Dixie » Sat Oct 02, 2004 3:09 pm

... And you're welcome! :D

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Postby greatJim » Sun Oct 03, 2004 3:42 am

I often listen music,But i don't think it will do help for English.Music is an background.
I am a student. :lol: :lol:

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Postby Dixie » Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:32 am

GreatJim, music is really useful in order to teach a foreign language. Students are more open to songs than to theory. They learn more rapidly with songs, since it's much easier to study something (grammatical structure, for instance) if you sing it. Image

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Postby andrea » Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:43 am

Hi Dixie abd GreatJim :)

i think you're both right.

Music can be useful to learn English - in it you can analyze several grammar structures, enrich your vocabulary, learn about common or particular phrases. I find out it is useful especially thanks to the rhythm, and rhyme, as in poetry.

i must also admit that you can not make music as a starting point to learn (and to teach) English, at school.
Our duty is to teach the language starting from a standard basis (as we do for italian), helped by specialized text-books.

If we keep faithful to this reference point, then we can add examples taken from several sources such as everyday life, press, poetry, music.

The fact is everything is useful to learn a language. I depends on what you consider as the best way.
In my opinion (led to it through experience as an ESFL) is to overcome a certain shyness, a psychological difficulty, when someone has to speak a language that is not his/her mother tongue.


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Postby greatJim » Sun Oct 03, 2004 11:02 am

i think the music is good to one's spirit.
But in the real life,it seems language is more like literature.
Anyway, music is active.

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Postby _Arale_ » Sun Oct 03, 2004 2:59 pm

But i don't think it will do help for English.Music is an background.

Greatjim, I don't agree with you.Music helps learners improve their listening much.It is my experience.How to design a suitable listenning lesson by English songs is very important. The result depends much on this step.

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Postby Dixie » Sun Oct 03, 2004 3:05 pm

Yeah you're right, Arale. There you go! ;)

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Postby greatJim » Mon Oct 04, 2004 2:48 am

Is that really?
OK,you are all teachers.YOu decide.
One truth is i ever met a teacher,she really like english song.Since the song was something about the western culture.But,who cares?
Sometimes I think movie is more persuasive.But unfortunately,I hadn't seen enough when I was a student.
And one another truth is,music can make person mad. :lol: :lol:

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Postby _Arale_ » Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:44 am

Music can make a person mad if he thinks music is mad !!!!! :wink: Is that right?
It is right if you have to listen to some kinds of music you are not fond of.

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Postby andrea » Mon Oct 04, 2004 10:22 am

Hi

hey, Dixie, Arale, GreatJim.

Please, could we also add , there may be place for music, for movies, and for other ways to learn English?

Varying is better, don't you agree?

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Postby Dixie » Mon Oct 04, 2004 11:22 am

Of course!! Movies are also a good source. I remember, when I was in High School, I took an optative subject called "Welcome to Hollywood". It was an advanced English subject where we were shown some movies such as Beauty and the Beast, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, or Aladdin. I remember we first were introduced to the movie by learning some of the new vocabulary we would encounter there. We worked on its vocabulary or new grammatical structures for two or three sessions, and then finally we watched the movie, which besides being in English was also subtitled in this language. After watching the movie, the following sessions would be focused on what we had learned. So it was fun and interesting. I remember the first time I heard the expression to make a dream come true was in that class :D I don't remember the movie though, but it might have been Aladdin... I don't know... Also "The X marks the spot" from Indiana Jones :D:D:D:D hehehehe.

Really, music and movies are good teaching materials too. Kids get easily bored with theory, as well as the teacher. So it's good to vary.

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Postby greatJim » Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:45 pm

Arale wrote:Music can make a person mad if he thinks music is mad !!!!! :wink: Is that right?
It is right if you have to listen to some kinds of music you are not fond of.

_Arale_

No,Arale,that's you teachers' thought,you know what is the students' thought?
the music can make them mad,they know it,but they just love it.
sometimes i really hate music.
But you teachers really can't feel that. :lol: :lol:

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Postby andrea » Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:50 pm

GreatJim.

you are making interesting statements about music and stundents likes and dislikes.

Now, please, don't generalize saying teathers can not feel anything about your needs.

I don't agree.

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Postby andrea » Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:51 pm

Sorry for my mistakes:

students'

teachers

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Postby RedRose » Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:55 pm

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