With Jason you will...
- Learn to teach with songs for all ages and skill levels.
- Use music to build pronunciation, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills.
- Learn techniques to select pop songs for class and materials to accompany them.
- Create your own teaching materials, including songs, chants, exercises, and group activities.
By the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge, understanding, and confidence to use songs and song-based activities to significantly promote their learners' motivation, engagement, and communicative skills. All participants will receive a personalized chant written, recorded and performed for them or their schools.
Too many students, across all ages and subject areas, are stuck on the "intermediate plateau." This is because...
- They don't get enough exposure to the right materials (LOW INPUT)
- They've had uninspiring instructors and lessons (LOW MOTIVATION)
- They feel uncomfortable speaking and writing (LOW FLUENCY, HIGH STRESS)
Many have limited exposure to standard English outside of class. Low input leads to low
comprehension, which leads to low confidence and low motivation, which leads back to low input.
How can we break this cycle?
We can teach language in high-frequency chunks, or collocations. Then, we need to provide our
students with intensive, repetitive practice that is fun -- so they will do it, and low stress -- so
they will acquire the language subconsciously. The repetitive nature of songs and chants make them
the perfect teaching and practice medium.
All participants will also have exclusive access to ColloTunes songs, lyrics, and activities
created by the instructor.
Jason R. Levine (Jase, for short) has fifteen years of experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher
trainer, and materials writer. He the creator of ColloLearn, an approach to English language
learning based on the songs he writes and performs as Fluency MC.
After earning an MA in TESOL from Hunter College in 1999, Jase taught at several schools before
becoming the director of curriculum development for Embassy CES. In 2002, he co-founded a TOEFL
preparation school for international students in Manhattan.
Jase is currently Ambassador and Knowledge Entertainer at WizIQ.com where he leads ELT
Techniques, the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the professional development of English
language teachers worldwide. He also teaches in the MA TESOL program at the New School in New York
City and writes songs and chants for several publishers, including Oxford University Press. He is
chair-elect of the TESOL Interest Group Video and Digital Media and works as an English Specialist
for the U.S. Department of State.
Online, Jase maintains the ColloLearn YouTube channel
and the Fluency MC Facebook page. He is an
active administrator of over a dozen Facebook groups for English language teachers and learners,
including How to Improve Your English, All Things EFL, ESL, TESOL
and Innovative Teachers of English.