Karaoke English

Welcome to Karaoke ESL!

This is the home of our fun method for both learning and perfecting your English.  We primarily focus on spoken English. Note that the tabs across the top contain more information which can quickly be navigated to by hovering your mouse over the “Edupunk English” tab.

Currently we meet on  Thursdays and Sundays but check the course calendar to be sure.  The Edupunk English course uses many methods to improve your fluency.  With this “Karaoke English” class we focus on pronunciation and accents.  We will use one of the songs (Curriculum Tab) each month as a group activity. However you can work independently on any song (song list HERE ) that you like.  Several days each week are dedicated to “Help Desk”.  At that time we can work one-on-one with more coaching, if needed.NOTE: There are support materials requiring an mp3 player for your enjoyment of both the song and rehearsing for fluency.  YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SING IN CLASS (whew ;-) )

In a given month the general flow of the song worksheet steps will be:

  • week 1 – steps 1&2 coached rehearsing of lyrics
  • week 2 – steps 3,4&5  memory development
  • week 3 – step 6 coached rehearsing of scripted questions and answers
  • week 4 – step 7&8 performance in group conversation

The following links are some old postings that give you an idea of where we came from with Karaoke ESL:

http://myeslfriends.com/wordpress/2011/01/23/run-dont-walk-to-this-movie/

http://myeslfriends.com/wordpress/2010/09/15/ultimate-secret-of-english-revealed/

http://myeslfriends.com/wordpress/2010/09/14/recipe-for-english-found/

Click HERE for recent news  about this class.

  •  Link back to Edupunk Course introductionHERE
  • Link to QF (Quick Fix) class description  HERE
  • Link to Advanced Topics class description HERE
  • Link to Karaoke English class description HERE
  • Link to  Cartoon English class description HERE
  • Link to Techlish (Technical English) description HERE
  • Link to Help Desk class description HERE
  • Link to class CalendarHERE
  • Link to Future class ideas HERE
  • Link to JOIN US!  page HERE

 

9 comments
cooperjan
cooperjan

"Dear Social Shopper Client,

 I am sorry you had a negative experience and did not enjoy or feel you benefited from your voice lessons. I may have been able to address your concerns better if you had voiced them to me during your lesson. The fact that you did not have a positive experience is extremely disappointing  to me as I pride myself on my strong customer service and teaching skills. I would like to offer you a free voice lesson to be taken at your convenience to make up for your dissatisfaction. I am ready to address all of your concerns as well and as I said your feedback is extremely important to me. Please contact me directly and I will assist you further."




Best regards,

Halina
Halina

Hi! I'm Halina's student. I'm just watching your video and it's great! I play in rock band with my friends, as a vocalist. We enjoyed a lot playing songs of the big stars, like Chuck Berry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Raconteurs. I'm going to write a A-level Exam and I'm preparing right now. I hope I will join your class on Sunday and sing songs with you! Nice meeting you, Mikołaj

devarajraju96
devarajraju96

Iam sad icould not attend any of your karoke class.tomorrow i'll attend your class.that's sure

 

Halina
Halina

Music can be used in classroom to create a learning environment; to build listening

Comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills; to increase vocabulary; and to expand cultural knowledge.

Using Songs in Instruction

Most classroom music activities focus on lyrics.

They contain common, short words and many personal pronouns, the language is conversational time and place are usually imprecise (except for some folk ballads); the lyrics are often sung at a slower rate than words are spoken with more pauses between utterances; and there is repetition of vocabulary and structures. These factors allow learners to understand and relate to the songs. A further benefit of pop song lyrics is that their

meanings are fluid, and, like poetry, allow for many different interpretations.

Through songs, students discover the natural stretching and compacting of the stream of English speech.

Students may summarize orally the action or theme of a song or give oral presentations about a song or musician, playing musical selections for the class.

Many songs tell a story, and these stories can be rewritten or retold to practice narrative or summarizing

Pop songs are written to be easily understood and enjoyed. As discussed above, they tend to use high frequency lyrics that have emotional content. This makes them strong candidates for word study or for reinforcing words already learned through written means. If a series of songs is to be used, students can be team up and given a song to teach the class.

However, the songs may also have idioms in them that might be difficult to explain, depending on the level of the students.

Cultural Knowledge Activities

Songs can be used in discussions of culture. They are a rich source of information about human relations, ethics, customs, history, humor, and regional and cultural differences.

Selecting Music

1. Song lyrics should be clear and loud, not submerged in the instrumental music.

2. The vocabulary load for the song should be appropriate to the proficiency level.

3. Songs should be pre-screened for potentially problematic content, such as explicit language, references to violent acts or sex, or inappropriate religious allusions.

Teachers will show care and effort when presenting songs they are especially fond of, their favorites are also good. Finally, students are often strongly motivated to learn the lyrics of a new pop song or an old favorite they have heard and never understood, so their choices for classroom music should not be overlooked.

References

Eken, D. K. (1996). Ideas for using songs in the English language classroom. English Teaching Forum, 34(1), 46-47.

Griffee, D. T. (1990). Hey baby! Teaching short and slow songs in the ESL classroom. TESL Reporter, 23(4), 3-8.

Lems, K. (1996). For a song: Music across the ESL curriculum. 

 

RUKU CHAKRABORTY
RUKU CHAKRABORTY

Hello ,George ,i appreciate about your Karaoke English . its too good its a differnt way of teaching . Just fun !!!!!! Get rid of boring classes.!!!!!.Amazing idea. keep it up.

It is my privilege to interact with you . As you had created a history by creating or launching EDUPUNK channel so , I also wish to join EDUPANK channel . I think if we translate your words to Bengali and other Indian languages, many people can understand and they will come forward . Through Wiziq platform many are coming but India is abig country and I want to spread our message through the world. But it needs your co-operation. To join as a member @ EDUPUNK I don't have money ( my money is limited) . I want to break the EDUCATION SYSTEM one day we would be the pioneer and change the world . In Bengal there are so many songs and jingles etc which I want to share with you to make edupunk a better community. Also, for karoke ESL I request you share the sheet so that I can work for it as I had done in the past.
FROM TAGORE'S SONG :

" Ore Grihobashi ,khol aj dawar laglo je dol , sthole jole bonophole laglo je dool aaj laglo je dol"

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Ghaidaa
Ghaidaa

thank you my teacher George ...
really karaoke is agood way to learn English
really i have alot of fun in your class..

gmachlan
gmachlan moderator

 @Halina Have Halina request the files for this month's songs.  We have a great rock song this month.

george
george

Ruku, I am very happy that you wish to associate again with us. You have made a lot of improvement in your English at it shows in your ability to clearly share your enthusiasm.

First, I would like to make one thing perfectly clear. All must bring value to our Edupunk community. BUT money is the least valuable thing one might bring. To join you simply need to be willing to help others learn whatever you have achieved at ANY level of understanding. If you are a beginner in English. Do you understand 20 nouns? Would you be willing to share that info via a class or "English Corner"? If you speak a foriegn language, would you be willing to open a weekly help desk to help others who speak that language to use WizIQ and or Karaoke ESL? The willingness to help others is worth much more than any money you might bring. Truthfully those who only wish to offer money for lessons are the least valuable part of our tribe/community.

I would close with the famous quote you taght me about one year ago... Jai Ho dude!