Monday, January 30, 2012

Resources for music teachers...

... Or resources and activities for CLIL teachers of English and Music. 

Not many teachers do not dare to teach music in English as a second or third language. There are few experiences and not many succesful ones. It is real difficult to merge musical language with any other oral language for comunication. Singing of course, is the best way to practice rhythm, intonation, pronunciation and phonetics, as well as to introduce new vocabulary, grammar or structures. 
In the following Power Point "English Through Music" made by Jane willis and Anice Paterson (Oxford University Press, 2008), you can have an overview on How can you ensure music activities fulfil conditions that are likely to promote language learning.
The Power Point is based on published materials, so you will find some references to it. But the important point here is to realize that musical skills and language developement can go hand by hand.
Here you are some web sites with resources and activities for music teaching that I found really useful for CLIL teaching, too.
  • Incredibox is a website that allows you to create rhythms and sounds from drag-and-drop menu. The sounds in the menus are recordings of  "human beat box" sounds. You can experiment with different sounds, voices, choruses, and instrumental sounds to create your own sound rithms. 
    • Monkey Machine. Students experiment with drum rhythms. on a quieter scale than was previously possible. They can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set, the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All created tracks can be dowloaded as MIDI files.
    • Science of Music, created by Exploratorium, is a fun series of lessons and activities about music. You also have some videos featuring musicians talking about the science of music, a questions section, and six exhibits containing interactive elements for students to use in exploring rhythms and sounds.Try Kitchen Sink-o-Pation. You can make rhythms using kitchen appliances, pots, pans, and glasses.
    • Classics for Kids, offers lesson plans, podcasts, and games for teaching kids about classical music. As a reference for students, Classics for Kids offers a dictionary of music terms.
    • Arts Edge, is a collection of podcasts, lesson plans, and links for teaching music and culture. The podcast directory is where you will find an eclectic collection of podcasts featuring music ranging from Jazz to Opera, or music from India.
    Here I share my Delicious bookmarks on songs and music (about 125 entries by now). Feel free to look, to share and to tag in your Favourites.

      Tuesday, January 24, 2012

      Thousands of resources for the ESL class.

      Today I would like to recommend a site: A to Z Teacher Stuff. It is a teacher-created site designed to help teachers find online resources more quickly and easily. Find lesson plans, thematic units, teacher tips, discussion forums for teachers, downloadable teaching materials & eBooks, printable worksheets and blacklines, emergent reader books, themes, and more. 

      As they say in the welcome page : "There are thousands of pages here to explore, so press Ctrl+D to bookmark A to Z Teacher Stuff, and plan to return! Enjoy your visit!"

      Saturday, January 14, 2012

      A short task about "bedrooms"

      Writing about personal issues is one of the best prompts to stimulate writing in primary. And to do so, it is always a good idea to scaffold with models and images.

      Students of grade 5 described their rooms.

      We started by making a long list of furniture, objects, toys and other items you can find in our bedrooms (vocabulary). Then we orally practiced expression of quantity with "there is" and "there are" and prepositions of place. 

      They took photos of their bedrooms and they brought them into the English class. They explained to friends about them. Then they wrote a description and make a big display in the corridor. Finally we uploaded to the school blog.

      Wednesday, January 11, 2012

      Visible Body: an amazing tool for Science CLIL

       Visible Body consists of highly detailed, anatomically accurate, 3D models of all human body systems.

      All the models models have been developed by a highly experienced team in medical illustration and biomedical visualization. It is a very interesting tool to use in your science class or in your language and content integated teaching. I'm sure you can get lots of ideas for developing and implementing activities for the Interactive White Board. 

      In Visible Body you've got:

          * Complete, fully interactive, 3D human anatomy models
          * 2,400 anatomical structures, including all major organs and systems of the male and female body
          * Hundreds of thumbnails launch preset views of regions and body systems
          * Definitions for all systems and hundreds of structures
          * Dynamic search capability
          * Easy-to-use, 3D controls
          * Seamless compatibility with most web browsers

      With Visible Body, you can:

          * Search for and locate anatomical structures by name.
          * Launch a preset view of a body region or a specific part of a system.
          * Hide, rotate, see through, and explore human anatomy.
          * Move the model in three-dimensional space, by either clicking directly on the model or using the virtual joystick.
          * Click on anatomical structures to reveal names and read definitions.
          * Select male or female anatomical model.

      Have a look at this brief overview.