MEAGAN KAISER (TOKUSHIMA UNIVERSITY)

RHYTHM, NOTATION, AND MELODY - MUSIC IS FUNDAMENTAL TO LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR YOUNG LEARNERS : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

In nearly every linguistic tradition on Earth, children discover a great deal about syllable, sound, and meaning in language through the rhythms and repetitions of musical play. For those of us who grew up with toy instruments, our first meaningful exposure to the ABCs may very well have come from the painted on letters that helped us play our first Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star. 
We sing together because it connects us as people - in precisely the way the interactionist tell us we must in order for the kind of learning that lasts to take place. Workshop participants will learn classroom techniques for using musical rhythm, notation and melody to teach English to young learners in a pedagogically sound approach. I will share the techniques I use in my classroom of EFL young learners, the research foundation underpinning those practices, and key observations from classroom research with my young EFL students.

Meagan Kaiser is an American lecturer working in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokushima University in Japan. Her primary research area of interest is young learner EFL pedagogy with a specific focus on the connections between music, visual art, storytelling, and second language learning.