Next week, the topic for our lessons will be “Music”. Isn’t this the best topic ever? We (me and Tasha) have talked about how we learned English, except in English classes at school. Tasha doesn’t really count, with being half Canadian and all, but for me, listening to music, watching movies and reading books in English has been very important. So we decided to try to tell our students this, cause they’ve said that they want us to tell them how to learn English effectively.
Only problem is that they seem to give up whenever they meet words or expressions they don’t know. And when you’re learning English you’re bound to read/hear phrases you don’t know, otherwise you wouldn’t be learning.. So I guess I’ll keep trying to tell them this and hope they’ll understand that I’m nagging them about it for a reason.
So, back to our topic next week; “Music”. Those of you who know me well, know that music is a big part of my life, so this suits me fine. We’re basically listening to songs and going through the lyrics. This can be done in surprisingly many variations: PowerPoints with pictures to explain words; removing some words from the lyrics and making the students find these words by listening to the song; listening to a song without seeing the lyrics and having the students write down the words and expressions they know; listening to the same song sung by different artists and making the students compare… you get the picture. I’m just happy that I get to listen to music with my students and know that they’re still learning something.
Some of the music I played for them is a little different from the music most of them listen to. The most popular artists here are Backstreet Boys, Westlife, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spares and Chinese artists in the same category. Have you ever heard the song “Pretty Boy” by M2M? Everyone here has.. To put it this way, the boy band factor is very high.. enough said.