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Teaching Young Learners: The Importance of voice

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  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • Pa Classical Philology
  • Pc Romance Languages
  • Pe English
  • Pi Oriental Languages And Literatures
  • Pn Literature (General)
  • Pr English Literature
  • Ps American Literature
  • Education


Key words: Young Learners Voice Chant ABSTRACT This workshop will look at the imporatnce of voice in teaching young learners. It is based on an actual lesson given to fourth year students on a Teaching Young Learners course. It will take as its premise a quote from a British voice coach: "Everyone comes into this world with a beautiful voice but then it becomes blocked. The natural voice wants to come through but it gets stopped by the habitual voice." Participants will be led through a series of drama techniques which focus on the voice (taken from Maley and Duff 2009). These will then be applied to a children's chant. After which the participants will be asked to incorporated the chant into a lesson plan. The feedback discussion will focus on the appropriacy of using the activities both in training teachers and in teaching young learners.

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