Note: A full contents
list at the front of the book provides a complete list of the
activities, the suggested level at which each activity can be used, and
the approximate time each activity will take. The summary below aims to
give a general idea of the book's organization.
The author and series editor
How to use this book
Section One: Tuning in (11 activities)
Shows how teachers can tune in to their students' interests and become sensitive to their tastes.
Section Two: Just music (8 activities)
Focuses on the use of music without words (instrumentals) and the ways
in which it can be used to create an atmosphere or be central to an
Section Three: The artists and the industry (16 activities)
Looks at how student interest in the topic of music and song can be
used to stimulate language learning, even if the students don't
actually hear any music. The activities capitalize on the widespread
availability of magazines and articles about the music industry.
Section Four: Using songs (24 activities)
Looks at how the music and the lyrics of songs can be used in a
classroom or language laboratory. Activities are provided which go from
a written text to a listening or singing activity, or vice versa.
Section Five: Video song clips (16 activities)
Examines the ways that video clips can be explored creatively and
communicatively. The activities help students evaluate media such as
videos, without simply being hypnotized by them.
Section Six: With young children (10 activities)
Includes activities that can be used as warm-up techniques for eventual
singing; jazz chants; and different song-types, the most important
being Total Physical Response (TPR) or action songs.
Provides sample songs to illustrate grammatical and thematic categories, and some useful addresses.