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Teaching Sounds through Song with Small Stars

Watch Paul Hodges present how song can be used to engage very young learners and develop their pronunciation.

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Comment by Emma Davies on December 4, 2014 at 1:36pm

Great video Paul, I thought your explanation of the problem was really clear, and this is an issue I've had with my own small stars as well! I loved the song, and thought it was a great way to get the children engaged. They looked like they were really having a great time!

Comment by jason.zhangbj on December 3, 2014 at 6:04pm

Nice job Paul. I know it's now an easy job to get kids engaged in the lesson. Apparently, they are all engaged. I really want to find a suitable song to teach adults. I'm sure they'll be engaged.

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 5:29pm

Hey it's absolutely delightful to watch those little "monsters" so engaged in class. They seem to be having a lot of fun and that's why I think it's a good activity! Good job Paul!

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 1, 2014 at 1:54pm

Hi Paul, 

This is a great adaptation of the BINGO song that keeps your very young learners engaged while developing their pronunciation of vowel sounds. Getting your young learners clapping, singing and reading the letters on the whiteboard keeps them focused on the task - they are all so well-behaved as a result. 

In your presentation you highlight why you have chosen this activity and point out the multiple benefits it provides for your learners. It's great that you raise the point about how song is a strategy that builds learners' confidence. It's worth adding that your activity appeals to a wide range of learning styles (ref. Tanner's Multiple Intelligence Theory) and also supports learner retention of what they cover in class. 

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