Using Popular Songs to Improve Language Listening Comprehension Skills

Are you students sometimes bored in spite of your best efforts? Are you looking for some new and different techniques? Could you use a learning activity that would really wake them up? Would you like to get and keep the students' interest? Even have them helping you? Then try this classroom-tested technique by using student-selected songs to teach listening comprehension.

Almost everyone loves music. It is a part of our language and life from before birth onwards. As babies, we hear lullabies. As young children we play, sing and dance to a myriad of nursery rhymes. As teenagers, we are consumed by the beat of popular music artists worldwide. As adults, every form of advertising we hear, every special event we experience, is in part, music. Music pervades television, movies, theater, and even the nightly news. When we exercise, when we work, when we play, when we worship and even when we die, music is there to rein or alter or every mood and emotion. A catchy tune is played, hummed or sung, at times in our head, as we go about our everyday lives. So, why not include music and songs in language learning as well?

Factors Contributing to Listening Summary of Song

o Use of new vocabulary, idioms and expressions – You'll need to address the new material offered in each song. This includes grammar, vocabulary and usage.

o Pronunciation and accent of the singer – Every native speaker does not pronounce or sing with the same accent. Students may be exposed to an accent which is outside the realm of what they might normally hear in context.

o Use of new grammar and structure Song writers and singers are notoriously "loose" when it comes to use of grammar, structure, pronunciation, stress and other language factors applied to songs. The teacher must prepare for this.

Three Principal Song Selection Criteria

1. Use songs that are popular with the students whenever possible. Unfortunately, students frequently select songs for classroom use which are objectionable in some way making the song unusable.

2. Songs MUST have clear and understandable lyrics. Nothing is worse than a song almost nobody can understand. If you have trouble understanding the lyrics by listening, then another song needs to be selected.

3. Songs should have an appropriate theme. There's enough bad news, negativity and violence in the world already. Songs with any type of negative theme should be avoided. There are plenty of positive, upbeat, even humorous songs available. Use these.

Music pervades naturally every aspect of our lives

Music pervades naturally every aspect of our lives. Students adore it. It contains numerous useful elements for language teaching and it's fun for both the teacher and students. So, why not include music and songs in your language learning classes as well?

Flower Pick-Up Lines That Work (or Not)

Have you ever wondered why you still spend night after night with pizza and whatever it was on TV? You think that life doesn’t get better than that. True, enough. But, have you ever thought what the night could have been if you are with someone special, who cooks sumptuous dinner and watch these movies with you? And now you realize that life does get better than eating sloppy pizza and feeling sorry for yourself.

So, here are 6 cheesy pick-up lines inspired by flowers that will help you score a date. Try not to get tongue tied!

If you were a flower, I would pick you.

This is a pick-up line shows that you think she is the best from among her girl friends. It will help boost her confidence and will definitely give you the chance if this makes her smile. Be careful though! She can be secure and confident in herself and does not need reminding of her awesomeness. Save yourself by saying that you were voicing her thoughts.

If you hold 9 roses in front of a mirror, you’d see 10 of the prettiest things in the world.

She may find this sweet or call your bluff to score from her. Nevertheless, this sweet line may charm her into getting that her number. What’s the harm in trying, right?

If I have a garden I’d put our two lips (tulips) together.

Did I just hear a slap? She may find this line to be bordering on rude. A funny pick-up line should be treated as it is, a joke. You should deliver it well only meaning to make her laugh. This may be the funniest thing she heard for the day.

If a flower grows every time I think of you, I’d have a field of them.

It is creepy how much you think of her. This can both ways, she thinks it is disturbing or flattering. If she thinks the former, then you may have lost your chance. If the latter, then go for it!

Are you a eucalyptus? Because you’ve achieved my koalafications.

It is a perfect segue for inviting her to a spa weekend. You can both have fun in this elaborate pick-up line turned romantic date.

Roses are red, violets are blue, the moment I saw you, I knew the one is you.

This is as sweet as pick-up lines can get. It may sound like a bad case of poorly thought wedding vow. But, for a guy who is seeking for his significant other, the one might just be in front of you smiling from that statement.

After reading (and laughing) all through these uber sleazy pick-up lines, you will realize (I hope) that being yourself (although cliche) is the best conversation starter. Do not be afraid to compliment her or say hi or even smile. She can see sincerity even from afar.

How to Get the Land Cleared

Land clearing is an essential process in both commercial and residential property development.

Frequently, homes have backyards or surrounding areas which are unoccupied and covered with large trees,shrubs and undergrowth. Here, land clearing can be useful as the process eliminates the trees, bushes, shrubs, undergrowth and stumps to make the piece of land suitable for gardening or construction.

For commercial purposes, land is cleared for the construction of buildings, parking lots, shopping malls and restaurants. Commercial clearing is a big part of our business and we have been contacted by various firms in the Tennessee region for the service.

Land clearing is a job best left to professionals. It can be difficult as most homeowners will not have the proper equipment. So, however big or small the job is, a homeowner should consider contracting the job to excavation professionals to clear the land.

If you are a homeowner and want to clear land by yourself, it will require a professional chain saw, for which you may need training to operate safely. Bear in mind, there are many deaths each year from trees which when cutting, can snap back and fall onto the person trying to cut the tree.If you hire a professional contractor, such as Earth Solutions, that hazard is eliminated as well as the task of hauling the debris or risks of burning it. You just have to direct us to the land and we will do everything.

Things to know about land clearing

Once you have decided to clear the land, you should always check with your local government if there are any permits required. They may also have some regulations which will guide you on debris disposal.

It is possible that the timber on your land may be useful for commercial purposes and if there is enough, you may be able to have it logged. If that is the case, before clearing your land, you should consider getting estimates for logging the timber. One word of caution however, generally a logging company will leave a mess behind so if you are able to have the trees logged just be sure you have an agreement on how the logging company will leave the land once finished.

What to expect from us?

Only the best! All you have to do is show us the area you would like cleared and any special instructions you have and we will take care of the rest. With our heavy-weight equipment, the job will be done in no time, leaving you with a pristine piece of land for construction, landscaping or gardening. We will also dispose of any resulting debris with our trucking and hauling service.

Classroom Management – Putting Into Action Non-Verbal Signals

Have you ever counted how many times in a day you are asked to go to the bathroom, get a drink of water, sharpened my pencil or I have a question. How many times you verbally tell students to be quiet. Stop being frazzled and wasting valuable teaching time. Teach your students to use non-verbal signals as part of your classroom management plan.

Classroom management has many components to it. One of the easiest to use is non-verbal signs. In order for non-verbal signals to work as part of classroom management this must be setup and expectations explained and modeled as to what is expected of students. At the beginning of the school year teach your students a system of non-verbal signals and how to use them. This will eliminate many behavior problems. Using non-verbal signals is one of the basic strategies to use. By using non-verbal signal you can:

o Eliminate unnecessary classroom noise and disruption to your daily lessons

o stop interference during testing taking

o have a classroom of students who are more focused and finish more work

o save your voice and complete more lessons plans

Where do I find non-verbal signal to teach and use in class? Perhaps you are using some non-verbal signals but do not realize that you are.

o ask last year teacher to see if they used any with the class

o ask veteran teachers

o behavior coach at your school

o research the Internet

I have used five standard non-verbal signals for many years. These are the ones that I use.

o Permission for the bathroom they raise their hand and cross their fingers

o Needs a drink of water they raise their hand and show middle three fingers

o Pencil needs sharpening they hold up their pencil, remember to have pencils in a contain already sharpened for them to swap for. No physical sharpening

o They have a question simple raising of hand

o To get their attention I say out loud five, hold up my hand high and silently start to count on my fingers. The students in return do the same thing so I know when I have their full attention.

The following example is a non-verbal signal to stay on task. I draw on the board a tic tac toe symbol with an extra line going horizontal. There are three horizontal lines, every time they are noisy, talking or off task they lose one third of the line going across. When all the lines going horizontal are gone they have lost that activity for the day. I do not have to remind them all I do is erase that section of the line. I use this for all type of behavior that I want to change or make them aware of. Sometimes it is used for lunch recess, free dress day or going to special classes.

There are many different types of non-verbal signals you can use. You have to choose those that work for you and be consistent when you use them. Consistency is the key.