I work in the Lansing, MI area and travel around the world teaching English as a Second Language and American Culture using music as a medium. I find it is an excellent vehicle for helping teach pronunciation, vocabulary, and context and it’s fun! Below are video links to some of the projects I’ve done with my students — I hope you enjoy them and please feel free to give me your feedback.
A+ Language School “The Preposition Song” is a project I did with my beginning ESL students in the summer of 2010. We studied prepositions and then acted them out in various places around the school and neighborhood. I wrote and recorded the song at home, overdubbed the students singing and saying the sentences, and mixed it all together for the video.
The A+ International Ukulele Orchestra I started a ukulele group at our A+ Language School in East Lansing to help our students with their English skills and to foster a sense of camaraderie among the differing English skill levels. The uke is easy to learn, inexpensive, and brings enjoyment to the audience and players alike!
“You Are My Sunshine“
“The More We Get Together”
Asan/Greater Lansing Student Exchange For the past few years, the Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission has welcomed students from Asan, South Korea to Michigan to be immersed in English language and American Culture. I was privileged to be one of the program’s English teachers in 2010 and 2011 and had the opportunity to chaperon our area students to Asan.
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me“
“Michigan My Michigan“
“The Banana Boat Song/This Land is Your Land”
Can Tho University — Vietnam 2009 In April of 2009, I had the opportunity to teach in Vietnam for two weeks at Can Tho University. The experience changed my life and started me on this incredible journey. The students, staff, and I shared our cultures and traditions and I learned as much from them as they did from me. Here is a clip of me singing “We Shall Overcome” with Ms. Sau’s second year English class — what fun we had!
Here are some of my favorite websites for studying English; you can always work on your English skills if you have a computer!
A Very Good Overall Site
Learn English With Jennifer — Video Lessons for Learning English
Here’s an interesting site from Michigan Radio (NPR) that explores the oddities of American English: http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/thats-what-they-say