Everyone sings “Land of the Silver Birch” here.
Students demonstrate their L and R pronunciation.
With YouTube, many videos have interactive transcripts, which are like subtitles.
Here is an example, a Stanford University commencement speech by Steve Jobs.
Listen and read along.
In YouTube search “famous speeches” and you will find some great material for listening.
TED is also a great resource with lots of interesting speeches on interesting topics by interesting people.
You can follow along with the subtitles in English (or even other languages).
You can practice shadowing or just listen to the rhythm and stress of the speech.
Our very first learning is by modelling. We copy our parents. We can use modelling effectively in language learning as well.
Listen and sing along to this song from Mary Poppins.
This is another fine traditional Canadian folk song.
This version includes the lyrics:
Here is another fine Canadian music band, The Gords, playing the Ian Tyson song, “Somewhere in the Rubies”
This is their website: The Gords
And here are the lyrics to the above song.
Here is another popular Canadian song by the children’s entertainer, Charlotte Diamond. “I am a pizza”
You can practice listening and they will help you to better understand Canadian and Western culture as well as your own culture.
1. Crayon Shin Chan
2. Fawlty Towers
3. No Reservations
4. Wallace and Gromit
Seinfeld Excerpt on YouTube (the top 10 funniest scenes)
Reina is very into Canada and preparing for the rain (and/or sun)
Today, I want you to make sure your blog is up to date (see Tuesday’s blog post “Blog Update”)
2. For post #7, find an English fable you like and post a link to it in your blog. Introduce and summarize the story. Tell why it is important to your.
In the same post, choose a favourite Japanese folk tale and summarize it in English. Tell why it is important.
These short simple stories make for easy reading or listening. Try to understand the moral of the story.
Aesop’s Fables (655 stories plus morals)
Reading nursery rhymes aloud will help to develop your stress, rhythm and pace when you speak.
Your blog thus far …