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Comment by Lynn Brown on December 11, 2014 at 4:46pm

Nice video, Bryan! I liked the hand postions game. It's much better than simply drawing circles on the board. You could try rapping the months with different music beats to wrap up the lesson, as well!

Comment by Sasha Wang on December 7, 2014 at 6:59pm

It's a really helpful video! I usually use clapping and hand positions. Next time I can try other ways, like using blocks. Thank you, Bryan!

Comment by Jeanine Caughlin on December 7, 2014 at 5:30pm

Good tips! You can tell the students find it very engaging. I love how they start to take the blocks into their on hands very quickly to show the stress. This is a nice video with some easy, quick tools I can use right away. Thanks Bryan.

Comment by Mary on December 6, 2014 at 12:39am

Hi Bryan,

Thanks for sharing this amazing and very engaging video. The strategies you presented are indeed very useful. I also like the blocks that you used to indicate stress and the number of syllables. The second and third activities are really engaging, both helped students to be aware of the stress instantly. Great work!

Comment by Bryan.Zhu on December 3, 2014 at 6:30pm

Hi Jason. Thanks a lot! I don't really know the name of those blocks. I checked cuisenaire rods on Wiki but found them different. Anyway, I've used them in quite a lot Beginner F2F already and found them very helpful. Take "Telling people where you are from" for example, I used them to show the syllables of country names. Students liked it. You should try that too.

Comment by Bryan.Zhu on December 3, 2014 at 6:27pm

Thanks Min. I've got several really nice students that day for that F2F. I found blocks very useful for showing students syllables. Do you have any in your center?

Comment by Min Lin on December 3, 2014 at 5:43pm

Hey Bryan, that is a fantastic video! I like the hand gesture one very much because you can change real fast and students never get bored. The blocks show them how many syllables and where is the stress and the hand gesture make them pronounce it in a stream instead of seperate syllables! That is brilliant!

Comment by jason.zhangbj on December 3, 2014 at 5:22pm

Hi Bryan, great stuff. I'm really impressed by your three approaches in teaching word stress. If I did not get it wrong in the 1st practice you are using cuisenaire rods. I've read about it, but never get a chance to use it. And it looks really practical and students are very engaged.

What impressed me the most is not in that it helps students with stress, but also draws their attention to syllables to words.

Really enjoyed watching. 

Comment by Laura Wilkes on December 3, 2014 at 2:43pm

Hi Bryan,

Congratulations on uploading your phonology presentation and for completing the course.It's great that you looked at a variety of creative drilling techniques and picked building blocks and kinesthetic drilling to demonstrate. Both these strategies blend a variety of learning styles (kinethetic, visual, auditory and I would say critical thinking comes into the block activity). This kept your learners engaged in practicing their pronunciation of the target language. The visual element you add to the drilling also supports learners' retention of the target language. This is a great video that demonstrates drilling is fun and effective.


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