We are all tired, and ready for the weekend. Sometimes at this time of the week students cannot focus unless the learning comes easily to them. We, as educators, must disguise the learning so that they are acquiring the content without really realizing about it. Can that be done? Yes! So what’s the deal?
Yesterday we started to learn the vocabulary of the song ¨In Summer¨ from the Frozen movie. As you may know, students are going crazy with this movie, they just love it. So this song came in handy since they AND I like it too (it makes me think about Summer). Talk about a treat for the teacher! We also want to have fun on Fridays, right? 😉
I cut the lyrics of the song and had them put them in order. That is the way in which I started the activity with this song. Students struggled a bit but most of them got it right after listening to it around 3 times. The 3rd time I made sure to stop after every other line in order to give them time to proceed. Some of them were a bit confused at first, but at the end they found it fun. I think this is a good exercise to hone their listening skills.
Next, we just listened and enjoyed the song while singing it at the same time.
So, today, we started the class listening to it twice and reviewing the lyrics in the target language. And then, the fun began. We played freeze dance, but with a little twist. Students had to freeze whenever I stopped the song but, also, had to be paying close attention to the lyrics. When I stopped, I would choose a student randomly, and would ask him what the last word he/she heard was. The student had to tell me this word in the target language and, also, translate it into English. They loved this game and wanted to play it many times. The winners received some candy, this made the competition even more fun for them – you know how much they love food!
We continued the lesson with a bingo game. They had to include the terminology from the song and from the latest chapters. We were playing the In the Summer song in the background. One student led the bingo activity. It was a great way to review the vocabulary and to practice their listening and speaking skills.
That is, a Fun Friday!