I came across these songs on the internet through their videos on YouTube and they have a great website with some really interesting blogs with some excellent teaching ideas. And I love the songs, so I got in touch with them and I asked them if they’d be interested in sending me some CDS to give away on the show. And they said yes which is awesome, and they also sent me some CDs to use. Last week students from Westlake High School in Ohio received their diplomas.
I taught English to children for years – first when I was in Aichi and then in Tokyo ... and I started again recently and I really enjoy it. I’ve got three kids classes a week at the moment. It’s challenging at times, but kids are so interesting and it’s such a good feeling when it all somehow comes together and you can see that they’re actually learning something. And they’re also very cute too, most of the time. It’s so funny how you’ll be in the middle of an activity and all of a sudden one of the kids will start telling a random story about what they had for dinner last night or something.
Anyway, I want to tell you a bit about these CDs. If you’ve ever taught children and you’ve looked for materials, you may have had trouble finding good materials. I know I did anyway. If you work at a big school that produces their own materials – like I used to work at ECC - then you have to use those materials, but if you’re teaching independently, then it can be hard to find good stuff. When I was teaching in Tokyo I had trouble finding good songs for kids’ classes. I bought quite a few CDs and on most of them I only found a couple of songs that I liked, or that worked, and I never used the rest.
But these are great. They have all the elements that I look for in kids’ songs anyway: they’re catchy songs which are fun and that kids love listening to, they’re easy to make actions to, and the lyrics have English that is actually useful.
For example this song:
Are you hungry? Are you hungry? Yes, I am. Yes, I am. Mmmm a banana. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum, yum ...
That is so catchy. And so useful too. Once kids know that structure, you can ask them many things.
Are you thirsty?
Are you hot?
Are you cold?
Are you tired?
And this song is one of my favourites too.
Make a circle up, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, up.
Make a circle down, down, down, now sit down.
I’ve been doing that song with two of my classes and they love it. And they now know the words up and down too, easy.
And I’ve only been using the songs for a couple of weeks and I can already hear the kids singing the songs before and after class. Make a circle, up, up, up.
By the way, if you’re someone that is thinking about teaching kids, and you’ve never done it before and you’re worried because you’re a bad singer - don’t worry about it. It doesn’t matter at all. I think the most important thing is just that you really get into it and smile, make a few funny faces and they’ll love you.
So we have three CDs to give away over the next three months - once a month in July, August and September. And you can find out more at thedailyenglishshow.com/members
Kia Ora, in Stick News today students at a school the United States had their high school diplomas reprinted after officials misspelt education.
On the certificates education was spelt like this: educaiton.
The Associated Press reported it's been the subject of mockery on local radio.
The principal says he sent back the diplomas once to correct another error. And when the diplomas came back, no one bothered to check things they thought were right the first time.
The publisher has now reprinted the diplomas a second time and sent them to the students.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 9th of June.
Kia Ora. 今日のニュース 今回のスティックニュースのイラスト Word Of The Day
Today’s word is shenanigans
. Secret or dishonest activities that people find interesting or amusing.
: It should be noted that the word itself is considered humorous, because of its unique sound.
conversations with sarah
Is teaching kids hard? Brian
Is teaching kids hard?
Yeah, sometimes. The logistics can be hard.
うん、たまにね。 ロジスティックも大変かも。 Brian
What do you mean by logistics?
Um, I don’t know if that’s the right word. But, I mean classroom management or organising the kids.
Like, getting them to focus on the task?
Yeah, stuff like that. And getting them to be nice to each other. For example, when I read them a book and get them to sit in a semi-circle, they love books and they get so excited that they wriggle forward to try and get as close to the book as possible and in the process they cut other kids off so they can’t see. And then those kids will be like: “I can’t see! I can’t see!”
そう、そんな感じ。 そして子供同士、仲良くさせるとか。 例えば私が本を読むときは小さな輪になって聞いてもらうんだ。 子供は本が大好きだから、出来るだけ本の近くに行こうと体をよじらせて近づいてくるんだけど、そうすると他の子供から、「見えない！見えない！」と文句が出るんだ。 Brian
So how do you manage that?
Hmm, I don’t have a great strategy for dealing with that one. But I usually just stop reading and give them a serious look. Or say: hey, move back so that this person can see. And I say it in English, but they can understand from my gestures or from the context because they totally understand the philosophy of fairness and the concept of sitting in such a way that other people can see, so they usually cooperate.
うーん、そーゆー場面のうまい対処法は持ち合わせてないけど、普段はただ読むのを中断して、真剣なまなざしでその子を見つめる。 もしくは、「ほら、元の場所に戻りなさい。 他の子が見えないから。」と言う。 これを英語で言うんだけど、子供たちは私のジェスチャーや文脈などから理解できる。 なぜなら子供たちはフェアー精神に加え、全員が座ることでみんなが見えるという状況を完璧に理解しているからです。 そうして通常は協力しあうようになります。 Brian
And it’s not like they’re doing it on purpose. They’re just getting carried away, aren’t they?
それに子供たちはわざとやっている訳じゃないしね。 ただ興奮しているだけじゃない？ Sarah
Yeah, totally. Although, every now and again there will be a kid who is so doing it on purpose. They’re like obviously pushing in front of the other kid to cause trouble. And that’s when I have to get serious and be like, hey, look, there’ll be none of those shenanigans in my classroom, thank you very much.
そう、その通り。 その通りなんだけど、わざとやる子供がたまにいる。 そーゆー子供は前にいる子共を突き押して明らかにトラブルを引き起こす。 そんな場合は真剣にこう言います。 「あなたのようなイタズラをする子はこの教室にはいません。 ありがとう。」
I'm a big fan of Super Simple Songs, so I asked them if they'd like to send us some CDs to give away on the show ... and they said yes - awesome! http://www.supersimplesongs.com/ http://www.thedailyenglishshow.com/members
I really recommend these CDs if you teach English to children. If you have a few good songs, I find the whole lesson falls into place. They'd also make a great present for friends with children. Some people don't have the money to send their kids to an English school, or maybe they don't have a school nearby - but I think they could learn a lot just listening to these CDs at home.
Show 758 Monday 9 June
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