Sharon Duff & Carmel Davies: Urban Lyrebirds
A song a day in my EAL classroom
Carmel Davies has over 20 years’ experience teaching English language skills in Australia and internationally. She has worked in refugee camps in Thailand and has directed and co- written student performances. Her ESL resources include: ‘What’s the law? Australian law for new arrivals’ ‘Pictures to Words’ Book 1 and the Sing with me! English grammar, conversation and song series. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel and research ‘ESL through Performance’. She has recently published a set of readers, the May Street Stories.
Sharon Duff has more than 20 years’ experience teaching all EAL levels, delivering workshops, and developing resources for new migrants, including writing materials for the AMEP Distance Learning course ‘Your Call’. She co-founded Urban Lyrebirds, and co-wrote the Highly Commended ‘Sing with me!’ English grammar, conversation and song series. She is currently writing, teaching and presenting EAL workshops to teachers.
Embedding music in the EAL curriculum brings many cognitive, academic and social benefits. Music reflects the rhythm and intonation of a language and is interwoven with all cultures. Singing regularly in class:
- improves language retention
- develops fluency and pronunciation
- encourages learners’ self-confidence
- creates a vibrant learning environment
This workshop will build teachers confidence to use singing. It will focus on innovative and interactive ways to teach all language skills through song from beginner to advanced levels. Teachers will work with beautifully crafted songs from Carmel Davies and Sharon Duff’s
Sing with me! English grammar, conversation and song series and will gain skills to engage students and enrich classes by using song and accompanying activities. It will also give teachers strategies to write their own songs (by themselves or along with their students) related to student needs or classroom topics. So, come to the workshop and become confident to include singing in class every day!