Guest Blogger: Jessica Oberly, Pelion Middle
Do you want to bring more L2 into your classroom? Have you heard of March Madness? In March there is a college basketball tournament in which 68 teams compete through 7 rounds and 1 national victor is chosen. During March Musical Madness students vote between target language songs.
Don’t worry, we don’t do 68 songs. I played 24 songs last year and the French teachers at my school did a bracket of 36. Each day we listened to two songs for a bell work or exit slip. Every teacher puts their own spin on the brackets. So you can set up a twitter playlist or I’ve seen a Spotify playlist and students can watch their videos for homework and vote on them before class. We had our students listen to the songs at the beginning of class and either vote on a survey on Schoology or Google Form. Each class picked their winner. I have also seen some teachers make bulletin boards and all classes decide on which song moves on to the next round.
Last year I heard about Musica Mania through Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and blogs like Mis Clases Locas. At our school we did the music bracket tournament in French Levels 1 and 2 and I showed it to my Novice A Spanish classes. Here is an example of the French brackets, Manie Musicale that Cathy Bouabre and Bonnie Tucker used last year. Bonnie Tucker said, “My students loved it! Many asked to listen to the songs many times throughout the rest of the year.”
Cathy Bouabre describes Manie Musicale by saying, “I plan on doing Manie Musicale again because it helps to get the students interested in French music. When they realize they like the music, they are more likely to look for and listen to songs in the target language. Some will look up the words to the songs and build their vocabulary that way. Once they find songs they like, they ask me to play them while they are doing individual work. I have often used songs in the past, but sometimes students are not receptive because they don't understand the words. But by playing a variety of songs and having students judge them, they find songs they like.”
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