At the GEPIK training, we saw a series of presenters giving us tips and tricks to be better English teachers. I don’t think there was one presentation was indispensible, but they all had some little bits of handy info. One of these tips was to use music videos to teach English.
It was with great excitement that I went to school today because I was now armed with these awesome new activites. Granted I was super tired, but that wasn’t going to deter me. This was a big day. I was going to teach my conversation class new words, metaphors, a bunch of English stuff using songs. I’d set up my laptop on the projector, selected songs, put up the lyrics, and let the learning magic happen.
Or so it should have.
Instead of rocking out to “Message in a Bottle” and loving it, the kids just stared at me the whole time. No one would speak and I had a generally bad response from the class. I asked them what kind of music they liked, they said dance, so I threw on Total Eclipse of the Heart from Dance Mix 95, they didn’t like that. I then put on What Goes Around by Justin Timberlake, didn’t work any better. They asked for Sexy Back, but that’s not really a lyric song. At this point I pretty much gave up since there was just 5 minutes left to the class. I told them they could leave. They didn’t move. It was so weird. So I put on some Korean music videos and asked them what were the “hot” songs right now. When the bell finally rang, they all booted it out of there. It was sorta odd. I blame it on everyone being tired.
Oh! One of the kids was using his cellphone during conversation class, I don’t really care since the class is there for them, not me. I can already speak English. So his neighbor totally ratted him out to me. I figured the two guys were friends, but his “buddy” took no time to say “Teacher” and gesture at his cellphone under the table. I think Korean NARC are dime a dozen.
Maybe for next conversation class I’ll just stick to getting them to write me reciepes and artist profiles.