The songs Turgay Evren has written for ESL students are being used by American Teachers teaching in the USA. An American teacher teaching in a school in Texas has written the following blogpost titled “Songs and Chants.
Songs and Chants
August 24, 2013
So, the students start Monday! And I’m feeling very excited because during our maaaany student/family orientations this past week, I had quite a few families and staff asking me to enroll their students into my ESL class. So, let me explain a bit for those of you who also follow my counseling posts and might be a tad confused over…Is she a counselor? Is she a teacher? What’s going on here? I am an ESL-teaching bilingual school counselor. Basically, with my passion for and experience in teaching ESL combined with our school population that is about 80% Hispanic (and half of those are immigrants), I work as a counselor all day and then teach English as a Second Language in the afternoons to the students who are struggling most with learning English. It is very, very busy and I work all the time, but I am just so lucky that I get the best of both educational worlds- ESL and counseling!
Anyway, so onto the ESL teaching resources to I’d like share with you today. Btw, to see any of the resources/links mentioned below, just click on the bright blue colored word, and we’ll send you right to that resource! I stumbled upon a doozy last week and I can’t wait to share it with you! If you’ve used any of my ESL for Beginners teaching guides, you know that I like to use songs and chants in teaching English as a second or foreign language. Because songs and chants are so easy to memorize and then call up from memory, they are an invaluable language teaching/learning tool. Plus, they make the learning experience a lot more fun! A funny little anecdote about this, not related to ESL but educational nonetheless, happened to me back in 1991. I was taking a US History class at the University of Maryland and it was a very advanced, detailed, and boring class… and with few assignments to submit, my 19 year old, immature self never did much studying or homework for the class. So, one day I strolled into class and there was the midterm, which I was totally unprepared for! The test was on the Trail of Tears and as I skimmed over the questions, I realized I had no idea about any of the answers. So, I racked my brain and remembered that a few years back my dad wrote a song to the melody from “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” but he changed all the words to tell the story of the Trail of Tears. He had used this song to teach his 5th grade social studies class and he had worked it out by singing it A LOT with me, so I had it memorized. Well, I just sang through this song in my head as I answered the college test questions and… lo and behold, I earned a B on that midterm! So, there you have it, folks: a true story of the power of song in education!
If you’d like to use the power of song in your own ESL classroom, here is the treasure I mentioned above. ESL teachers, Turgay Evren and Jason Levine, created this fun little song/music video called Kids Can Do to help teach and reinforce the can verb.
I can’t wait to use it this year with my own ESL students that I mentioned above. Of course, I’ll tell you how it goes in a few weeks. In addition to trying out the Kids Can Do song, I also plan to use the To Be chant from ESL for Beginners Lessons Guide with Activities Volume One to teach my students.