Using Pop Songs to Improve Language Listening Comprehension Skills. Songs have long been a favourite resource among EFL teachers.
In this article, Larry Lynch shares his ideas for getting the most out of music in the classroom. Are your students sometimes bored in spite of your best efforts? Are you looking for some new and different techniques? Could you use a learning activity that would really wake them up? Would you like to get and keep the students’ interest? Almost everyone loves music. Music pervades television, movies, theater, and even the nightly news. Factors Contributing to Listening Comprehension of Songs Use of new vocabulary, idioms and expressions - You'll need to address the new material offered in each song. Pronunciation and accent of the singer - Every native speaker doesn't pronounce or sing with the same accent. Use of new grammar and structure - Song writers and singers are notoriously "loose" when it comes to use of grammar, structure, pronunciation, stress and other language factors applied to songs. 2. 3.
Prof. Comments. Common Questions About Fluency. The four most common questions about reading fluency are: 1) what is it?
; 2) why do so many struggling readers have great difficulty in becoming fluent readers? ; 3) how can we predict who is going to have trouble becoming a fluent reader? ; 4) what contributes to making a fluent reader? I’m going to answer these questions one at a time and then I want to explore three trickier questions that are not so frequently asked but are key to cracking the puzzle of fluency. Question 1: What is Fluency? Transcript of audio recording:The most basic definition of fluency is simply the ability to read text accurately and quickly. (Flat#1) She secretly slipped the disgusting rodent into his soup! (Read second time with melody!) What’s the difference you hear between the two sentences? Question 2: Why do so many struggling readers have difficulty becoming fluent readers? Transcript of audio recording:There are a great many easy answers to this question and some not so easy.
Fluency. Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression.
In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression. Children who do not read with fluency sound choppy and awkward. Those students may have difficulty with decoding skills or they may just need more practice with speed and smoothness in reading. What the problem looks like A kid's perspective: What this feels like to me Children will usually express their frustration and difficulties in a general way, with statements like "I hate reading!
" I just seem to get stuck when I try to read a lot of the words in this chapter. A parent's perspective: What I see at home Here are some clues for parents that a child may have problems with fluency: A teacher's perspective: What I see in the classroom. Teaching With a Mountain View: Top 10 Tips for Building Fluent Readers + Link Up!
We have all heard about the shift that happens, usually between second and third grade, when students (should) go from learning to read to reading to learn.
Unfortunately, for some students, their ability to read to learn is stifled by their inability to read fluently. Even for those kids who can read at an average pace, the faster and more accurately they can read and decode, the more effectively they can comprehend. When I taught third grade, and now as an interventionist, the importance of fluency is empathized more than ever (and has definitely met some critics). I know that fluency is NOT the end-all, be-all, but a lot of research proves that it is important, and a lot of schools are trending toward fluency being a high priority. I have compiled a list of some of the resources and strategies I have used when teaching in the regular education classroom and as an interventionist. 1.
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