Sharing Great Ideas – Membagi Ide Bagus

Due to a nasty virus, I’ve lately had plenty of ‘rest’ time enjoying interesting online articles. I’ve also discovered the ‘add to reading list’ button at the top right corner of my ipad which has been very handy for bookmarking and saves me having to go backwards and forwards between apps and safari. 

Here are a couple (tongue in cheek) that I would like to share with you all:

  • Have you heard of contextualised chanting? Read this blog post by Michel and learn about it. What a great way of having a brain break and getting some bonus repetitions in!
  • I got a lovely surprise yesterday when following a link to this google doc listing CI reading activities on the Tristate TCI – Teaching World Languages with Comprehensible Input facebook page, included  a link to this blog!! 
  • Also on that facebook page was this video demonstrating the airplane activity, another  ‘post story’ activity.
  • Have you discovered Senor Fernie’s blog? I love it because it has an elementary/primary school aged focus. He has just finished a series of posts dedicated to junior primary story telling.Here is the the first one: Enjoy
  • Have you watched any of the Musicuentos Black Box podcasts yet? I’ve seen a few and each one has been fascinating. They only go for about 5 or so minutes and give a good general overview of the topic being discussed. Here is videocast number 7 (Overcoming Resistance to 90% Target Language Use) and number 6 (The Inescapable Case For Extensive Reading).
  • Somewhere to share posted recently a fun story review game. I think the game has great potential but I wonder how to avoid students recognising each others handwriting? Could the story sentences be typed up by the teacher beforehand and distributed randomly or selectively? 
  • Here are a few videos I bookmarked. 1. Willy Winako & Dara singing Suara Perjuangan. 2. A fun video illustrating how some well known western words would sound if pronounced ‘properly’ (can only find the link on facebook, but hopefully soon it will be on youtube!) and is an edited version of the original. 3. Another video from facebook which thankfully has a youtube link – about a current topic – the Indonesian forest fires, and finally 4. Goodnews Indonesia
  • I am following Martina Bex on facebook which randomly promotes links to previous blogposts. This one came up last week and could be useful for term 4 if you are looking for ways in which to add some TPRS fun to the end of the year. It is all about the many ways we can use songs in the Languages classroom. 
  • Have a look at this amazing collection of brainbreaks. While not all are appropriate, there are enough great ones here to make it worthwhile. Some of the video links are hilarious and I am sure could easily be adapted to Indonesian. How about this one for example? Imagine the language repetition for a short target structure? 
  • Creative Language Class posted recently about how she teaches her school curriculum using TPRS pedagogy. I love the way she identifies the key skills and then lists ideas of how this could be achieved.
  • Saving the best till last –  the link to the most recent edition of the IJFLT (The International Journal of Foreign Language Teachers).  This contains many interesting articles by a selection of well known TCI/TPRS teachers. Past issues are also available.

Happy reading and hopefully I haven’t included too many links? Maybe add some of them to your ‘reading list’ for the upcoming holidays which will be here faster than we can imagine!

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Songs for Primary Students

Walking along with a bucket the other day, the song, There’s a hole in My Bucket came into my mind. As I was singing it, It dawned on me just how repetitious this song is. I immediately started playing with it to see if I could rewrite the song for Indonesian students. 

As our students learned the target structure ‘terlalu besar’ in term 1, this could be an extension idea for next year when I revisit this story! 

Here is a version using that target structure:

Saya lapar! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Saya lapar Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Saya lapar!

Ayo makan, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza. Ayo makan, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, makan!

Makan apa? Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Makan apa Pak Agus, Pak Agus, makan apa?

Makan pizza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Makan pizza Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza makan pizza!

Terlalu besar! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Terlalu besar Pak Agus, Pak Agus, terlalu besar!

Makan spaghetti, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Makan pizza Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza makan spaghetti!

Terlalu panas! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Terlalu besar Pak Agus, Pak Agus, terlalu panas!

Makan eskrim, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Makan pizza Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza makan es krim!

Terlalu dingin! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Terlalu besar Pak Agus, Pak Agus, terlalu dingin!

Makan permen, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Makan pizza Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza makan permen!

Terlalu kecil! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Terlalu besar Pak Agus, Pak Agus, terlalu kecil!

Makan nasi Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Makan pizza Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza makan nasi!

Dan kecap manis!! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus! Dan kecap manis Pak Agus, Pak Agus kecap manis!! 

Ya enak!! Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza! Ya enak Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza Enak!!

Terima kasih! Pak Agus, Pak Agus, Pak Agus. Terima kasih Pak Agus, Pak Agus Terima kasih!!

Sama sama Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza, Sama sama Bu Eliza, Bu Eliza sama sama!!
What do you think??  Do you have suggestions for another version?