ERIC Number: ED363116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Music Videos of the Mind.
Katchen, Johanna E.
A technique for teaching English to English majors in a Taiwan university involves students' oral production of descriptive stories to accompany a piece of classical or folk music. The project provides practice in preparing a report in English, practice in speaking before a group, sensitivity toward and ability to talk about aural stimuli, and expansion of cultural awareness. Preparatory activities include classroom discussion of short pieces of music, some familiar and some unfamiliar. Students then listen, on their own, to a tape recording of another piece of music, and make up a story based on their won feelings about the music, using both narrative and descriptive language skills. Student presentations are made in class, and may be videotaped for future viewing. Post-project discussion can include examination of the record jacket or tape cover. Students can critique each other's projects in small groups, and the teacher can use the videotapes, when available, for more thorough evaluation. It is recommended that English singing not be used, because students may spend too much time trying to decipher words, defeating the assignment's purpose of interpretation. A sample student assignment handout and a form for assessing student music reports are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Awareness, English (Second Language), Folk Culture, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Skills, Music Activities, Narration, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Skill Development, Story Telling, Student Developed Materials, Tape Recordings
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Association of Language Teachers (Kobe, Japan, November 1-4, 1991).