Live recording to teach English

Did something new today which I’ve been thinking about for a while, and it was a hit. Using Ableton Live, the live looping software I use to create music, I walked around a class of 25 students recording them chanting the target language. Then, we played it back with a beat and a bassline, as if they were all suddenly the pop singers in a karaoke bar! I get the feeling it really worked for a few reasons.

Doing something creative establishes my teaching methodology as fun from the start, and encourages students to familiarize themselves with an interactive teaching style that leaves no room for sleepers or The Blank Stare. Engaging with them through the rich medium of sound (instead of text) is an absolute necessity for any teacher nowadays with students under 25 years old.

I’m quite excited by this. It didn’t feel like work.


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