Musicality

In common with other languages, English has its own rhythm and musicality and, to sound ‘English’ it is necessary to acquire this musicality. I have found the use of Nursery Rhymes very effective when teaching English to young children. The repetition of the rhyming text together movement and dancing games is an effective and fun way to acquire the musicality and learn new vocabulary. Rhymes such as ‘Ring a Ring of Roses ‘ and Oranges and Lemons’ are favourites in this category. Where movement is not applicable, for example in the Nursery Rhymes of ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ and ‘Five Green Speckled Frogs’ I like to make working models which the children can operate whilst reciting the rhyme. ‘Hands on Learning’ is the most effective method for both Children AND adults. Making models, painting or drawing reinforces the learning process and leaves a strong imprint in the memory. It also removes inhibitions and shyness and soon everyone is happily conversing.

This simple model joins many more outside my house to encourage Local children to use the many resources in libraries and on the internet to help them improve their spoken English.

http://tinyurl.com/jumblefunenglish

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Listening. A day in Ho Chi Minh City

A day in Ho Chi Minh City

Listen and watch this one minute video.

Then try to answer the questions.

The answers will be published tomorrow in a new post.,

I am going into a Shopping Centre in Ho Ch Minh City.

There are lots of shops.

Toy shops. Cake shops. Chocolate shops.

I go down the escalator to the ground floor where I see people enjoying a coffee in the coffee bars or eating a meal in the restaurants.

Now I’m outside.

I buy a coconut juice from this lady.

It is very noisy,

The roads are crowded with motorbikes and scooters.

I walk down to the docks where it is much quieter and enjoy a coffee in the Terminal Coffee Bar watching the ferries departing for the islands.

Now test your listening and understanding.,

Questions:

1. Which city am I visiting?

2. How do I get to the ground floor?

3. Why is it noisy outside?

4. What drinks do I have?

5. Where is the ‘Terminal Coffee Bar’?

6. Are the roads busy or quiet?