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I spent about 45 minutes exploring lesson plans and utilizing the teaching-learning activities.
Overall, this user-friendly website contained original and innovating ideas for teaching English through music.
I would certainly use this site for future ESL classes and recommend it to any professional working in the educational field.
Lesson Plan- "Musical Chairs"; Beginner Level, any age; Focus on Vocabulary
Quality of Content: Website- The website presents a wide array of material and some valid lesson plans in relation to the learning of English through music. However, one must be weary in choosing the right lesson plan to implement for classroom use. It may be difficult to find the equal balance of musical/language pedagogy. Music is simply used as a means rather than as an additional content-oriented teaching concept in order to enhance English vocabulary acquisition.
Lesson Plan- The "Musical Chairs" lesson plan is an original concept since the students are learning the vocabulary hands-on. Moreover, the material is presented in a clear, effective manner.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool: Website- I believe that the website, in general, could certainly be used as an effective teaching tool. I have yet to try out some of the actual lesson plan demonstrations in a classroom environment. Of course, adjustments and accomodations would need to be made.
Lesson Plan- As for the lesson plan, I believe that "Musical Chairs" with the vocabulary could be used as an effective teaching tool since the students are able to see and interact with the vocabulary words. The music is simply a reinforcement to learn the new vocabulary. I believe that it is next effective way to introduce vocabulary after TPR.
Ease of Use: Website- Generally,
the website is fairly user-friendly since it is basically a point-and-click layout. What you see is what you get. When you click on a particular icon, it does not bring you to a link that has nothing to do with the material. The layout of the webpage is organized and clear. However, some of the links lead you to a dead URL address.
Lesson Plan- "Musical Chairs" could easily be implemented in the classroom; however, the teacher must plan strategically ahead of time. When laying out the vocabulary words in a circle, the teacher should utilize large pieces of paper with eye-catching print so that all students are able to see the vocabulary words during the lesson demonstration. In addition, the words should be evenly spaced out in a semi-organized circle so that everyone has easy access to touch the words when they are mentioned in the song. Vocabulary should be taught in advance (via TPR), and students should have an idea of the lyrics to the song. In addition, the teacher should choose a slower song with a singer whose voice is clear.