No, I'm not doing any academic research on the topic. Not yet.
Two weeks ago, I seized the opportunity to do what Larsen-Freeman, Keuch and Haccius (2011) propose in their article "Helping students with English verb tenses". The authors defend the need to present the verb tenses as an integrated system, thus stressing their interdependency and interconnectedness. Once that is taken as a core principle, teaching these forms in isolation without inviting students to grasp the meaning they convey is like heading a horse to water but not teaching it how to drink. So I set out to do just that: by getting them to physically understand our unique capacity as humans to do what I like to call "time switching". It had never crossed my mind to physically and visually represent the verb system before that class and to tell the truth, you could see how much more engaged students were while they were doing the activities. And I got the feeling that similar activities will wo…
Last week's post brought the story of Jesus Christ resurrecting from the grave in the form of a poem. This promoted me to share it on social media and ask how other teachers make use of poems in their classes.
It led me to a great article with tips on using poetry in class. Understanding and performing a poem will certainly bring a lot of fun to the class environment; replacing certain word groups in a poem with their own words is excellent grammar practice and consolidation; keeping a poetry circle will fire students up about creativity and innovation.
One suggestion I want to humbly add to that list is getting students to recite song lyrics. It's funny we often use the word 'poetic' to describe a melodious piece of writing or speaking, and song lyrics fall into the first category. Reciting lyrics provide two main benefits
Reading out loud the lyrics of a song we love makes us aware of how words caress our emotions, spark memories and change our moods.