Developing Chinese Language Teachers

Songs and Chants in the Foreign Language Classroom – Motivational, Effective Language Learning Techniques

In this presentation, Robin Harvey and Pauline Huang demonstrated how these techniques could be brought to foreign language teaching to create motivated, engaged students and a dynamic and effective learning environment. Real examples from Chinese classrooms (ours and others') where songs and chants have been used with great success were presented. Participants also learned how to create their own songs, chants and song-based activities, and lesson plans, and to help their students create their own songs or chants for performance in the classroom, for the school at large, and for parents.

The presenters are the authors and illustrators of “Rhythms and Tones,” a book and CD of songs, chants, and supplementary materials for the Chinese Language classroom.