Learning English with Songs
Learning a Foreign Language
Have you tried learning a foreign language as an adult? What were some of your experiences? Learning a foreign or second language is easy for young people, but it gets more difficult to learn as one gets older. One of the reasons may be that we become dependent on our first language and do not feel the need for an alternative language. So motivation is always a variable to any kind of learning. An additional challenge is the learner’s emotions. Most adults find the process of learning a foreign language stressful.
Learn to Relax and Relax to Learn
Relaxation is key to learning in general and specifically to English language learning, but how do you learn to relax in order to learn? As you must have experienced, it isn’t easy to relax in order to allow learning to take place, let alone language learning. And yes, letting go of our inhibitions is critical to learning a foreign language. One way of getting relaxed for learning is through songs. According to an article by Fonseca-Mora, Toscano-Fuentes, and Wermke published in the International Journal of English Studies (2011), “Music and rhythm have been defined as powerful aids to language learning, memory, and recall”. Jason R. Levine is an English teacher who trains teachers to do just that. You can get free material and view his videos on Jason’s website.
Who is Jason R. Levine?
Jason R. Levine is a teacher and trainer of English as a second and foreign language. Jason develops materials and curriculum in the U.S. and overseas for CAMPUS Education, Oxford University Press, and the U.S. Department of State. He creates original music (ColloTunes) and card games (ColloCards) for learners of all ages and cultures in English language arts, ESL, social studies, science, mathematics, and standardised test preparation. He is very involved in making YouTube videos and performs ColloTunes as Fluency MC. He maintains the Fluency MC fan page on Facebook.
Jason’s Youtube Channel
Jason specialises in all things connected ESL and EFL, K-12 curriculum and materials design, adult education curriculum and materials design, curriculum and materials for TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, CAE, FCE, GED, SAT, GRE, and GMAT, educational music (ColloTunes), educational card games (ColloCards). Jase is an innovative teacher, trainer and entertainer. For the past several years, he has been developing an approach to ELT based on songs called ColloTunes, which focuses on areas of grammar and vocabulary learning that teachers typically find difficult or boring to teach.
Jason’s Approach to Language Learning
Jason’s approach includes the 3Rs: Relax, Repeat, Remember. Without repeated exposure to language chunks, or collocations (what my students and I call collos, for short), we cannot hope to achieve communicative competence, let alone academic competence, in English as a second or foreign language.
Credo 1: “Let’s build a base to support higher thought and hold on to all of the things that we’re taught.Credo 2: “You’ll learn without looking when you stop feeling bored and stressed; having fun is when you learn the best.”
According to Jason Levine, there will be two types of teachers: The Creators and the Facilitators. The Creators will create content for the classroom or magic in their lessons-or both. They will reach thousands-or millions- of learners through their counterparts, the Facilitators, who will integrate and deliver this content via digital media in traditional or virtual classroom. The traditional classroom will be transformed into a multi-sensory space for learners to experience the work of multiple creators. Learners, Facilitators, and Creators around the world will communicate actively and fluidly through social platforms. Uninspired teaching will be a thing of the past; inferior teaching will cease to exist.
A mediocre teacher will have as much chance of finding work as a mediocre actor has now of landing a major role or mediocre basketball player has of going pro. The pertinent question will no longer be “How could online learning replace the classroom experience?” but rather “How could people have ever been satisfied learning from one teacher with one group of students in one room with the door closed to the rest of the world?”
WizIQ Conversation (WC) with Jason R. Levine
Jason R. Levine is going to appear on WizIQ Conversation on September 20 at 10 AM EST (Check your time zone). Meet Jason as he speaks with Dr. Nellie Deutsch, an EFL teacher and educational technologist for an hour about his innovations and experience. You will have a chance to hear Jason’s success story, interact with him, and ask questions as well.
- During the WizIQ Conversation, Jason will debut a brand new song and video, “Make or Do?”, rap other new material LIVE, and announce a seven-week, seven-country Fluency MC Tour for October and November.
Highlights of Jason’s Current Career
- H2E (How to Improve Your English), the FB group that Jason oversees, is the biggest (nearly 9,000 strong) and most active group of its kind. Moreover, it’s the only group he sees that (1) has achieved a balance of contributions and comments by both ELLs and ELTs and (2) keeps it wall free of spam and non-ELL posts.
- The Fluency MC Page is jammin’ as well: 8,457 likes with 2,962 talking about this
- Especially popular right now are Jason’s ColloPosters, free to share, print, and distribute among colleagues and students.
- Jason just finished creating the content for CAMPUS Irregular Verbs, a free app for iPhone and iPad.
- Videos on Jason’s YouTube channel are averaging 2-3,000 views per day.
Learn Through Songs