Instructional Materials & How-Tos
How to introduce technology and music successfully into your classroom
Music can be used in many ways in the classroom. What is important is that students should listen to the song as many times as possible, as this aids with pronunciation of words, which is often one of the hardest things to do when learning a foreign language.
1. Initially you could play music in the target language before class starts, so that when students arrive they hear the music and then as a teacher you would become familiar with the genres of music that your students like. The students would also be absorbing language while listening to the songs.
2. You could find a song in the target language and develop activities around that song, such as finding certain vocabulary words, creating a crossword/ word search, having students practice and sing the song to the class, or just gap fill the words as they are listening to it.
3. Students could choose a song of their own in a pair, then identify key vocabulary words that they are unfamiliar with. They could list these words in a google doc and find innovative ways of presenting to the class. My students made an Adobe Spark presentation and put each new word in a sentence so that students could see how those new words worked with others. Students could present them in other ways though.
4. Students could become familiar with a song and then work on putting a karaoke video together of its music. They could then perform the song to the class by using their own karaoke video. Another option could be getting the students to present their karaoke video to the class, along with the original youtube video and then have groups practice each other's songs so that they learn even more new vocabulary, and then have a karaoke session within your class.
If you wish to survey your students as to their preferences with regard to instruction, perhaps asking how they feel about using music or tech tools in the classroom, you could use a google form, or Survey Monkey. When surveying my students as part of my capstone project I decided to use Survey Monkey and I wrote a series of 10 questions so my students could give me feedback from the course. This was really important to me, and has helped me grow as an educator. Below please see sample questions taken from my survey using Survey Monkey. If you wish to see the results of my survey, please refer to the section on assessment.