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intonation for beginner students--Min Lin

an activity to help beginner students with their intonation

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Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 4, 2014 at 9:10am

Hi Min. I'm posting feedback from Chris:

You gave a good concise description of the problem. You gave students a good chance for self correction by eliciting first and modelling later. The boardwork was nice, though perhaps the students could have drawn the arrows on themselves. I like the fact that the activity is kinesthetic as such activities are often lacking for adults.

Comment by jason.zhangbj on December 3, 2014 at 4:59pm

Hi Min, thanks for sharing. I've always been thinking about teaching intonation kinesthetically. Your video does give me some new ideas. I do share the same concern with Bryan that students are really reluctant to do things that would be 'embarassing'. 

While, the demonstration from stronger students worth trying.

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 4:27pm

Hey Bryan, normally I just appear very silly myself and model a couple of times so that they know they can never be more embarassing than I am. And yeah I use imperatives a lot (stand up! follow me!) and also I often let stronger students demonstrate first to inspire confidence in others.

Comment by Bryan.Zhu on December 3, 2014 at 12:53pm

Hey Min. Your lesson looks really kinesthetic and fun! I tried similar activities before but found some students too shy and wouldn't follow. How would you "challenge" those who don't seem to be "cooperating"?

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 1, 2014 at 10:59am

Hi Min

Congratulations on completing your video assignment for the Phonology Course! I really enjoyed watching your video and the way you got your students up and moving. The movements you got learners to associate with intonation looked like a lot of fun - it's a very creative way to get learners up and moving and is also a way to help learners retain the target language and pronunciation. 

Fantastic work in taking on a challenging area of phonology and demonstrating how it can be easily integrated into classes and be a lot of fun at the same time.


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