Looking for a Chant for the Eigo Note?

Below are links to original EigoNoto.com chants.
And then take some time and look around- there is a lot more than just chants at EigoNoto.com!

Grade 5 Lesson 2- What Does It Mean? Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 3- How Many Cats? Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 4- Do You Like OO? Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 4- Do You Like Dogs Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 4- I Like Apples Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 4- Ohajiki Game Audio

Grade 5 Lesson 5- Cap, T shirt, Pants and Shoes Song

Grade 5 Lesson 5- Do You Have A Red Cap Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 6- A Fruit Song

Grade 5 Lesson 6- What Do You Want Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 7- Audio Sounds for 'What's This?'

Grade 5 Lesson 7- What's This? chant

Grade 5 Lesson 7- What's this OO? Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 9- What Would You Like? Chant

Grade 5 Lesson 9- What Would You Like, A or B? Chant

Grade 6 Lesson 3- When Is Your Birthday? Chant/Activity

Grade 6 Lesson 3- Months of the Year Macarena Song and Dance

Grade 6 Lesson 4- I Can Cook-Can You Cook, Too? Chant

Grade 6 Lesson 4- I Can Cook Chant

Grade 6 Lesson 5- Where Is The Barber Chant

Grade 6 Lesson 6- I Want To Go To Italy Chant

Grade 6 Lesson 7- Daily Activities Chant

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Chants- Good, Bad and Original  


Why use chants in the language classroom? Chants

  • Help students to remember 
  • Teach sound, rhythm, accents, and word stress
  • Are especially good for things in series (months’ & days’ names, for example)
Rhythm is key.  Use clapping, tamborines, or... the Eigo Noto CD by Kairyudo!? But what if there are problems with the chant on the CD?!
Make up your own chants (Keep reading for tips. Are you rhthmically challenged? More help!).
Or check out the original chants here for you to use at EIGONOTO.COM.

If you want to make up your own chants, here are some points on why chants work well:

  • Language is clearly broken-up into COMPONENT LANGUAGE PATTERNS
  • The chant has 4 BEATS (Hel-lo, Hel-lo. My name is Ken). Not always, but this helps.
And here are some points on why chants don't work well:
  • Too fast
  • Too much language
  • Too long
  • Irregular, non-repeating language patterns 
  • Doesn’t target the language structure well.
If singing AND clapping at the same time is challenging for you (it is for me!), here's a trick I learned: instead of clapping while singing, put a clap or 2 or 3 in the middle or end of the line. For example:
  • What clap What clap What do you like? clap-clap
  • I like APPLES. clap-clap-clap
For many teachers, using chants in the English class is something new. But with a little practice, and seeing how well students respond and learn using chants, I think you'll be encouraged to add them to your bag of tricks!

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