When watching ‘American Idol’ or ‘The Voice’, have you been intrigued to see the judges singing every word of the song being performed, and even more amazingly, they often predict the song just by hearing the introductory, instrumental bars ?

So have you found yourself mentally able predict the next song on a familiarized album – even before it begins?
I have!
It’s scientifically described as ‘ear-worms’ – ‘a piece of music that gets stuck in your head so you hear it, even when it‘s not being played’.
That’s the amazing recall power of songs that I use for literacy purpose.

Let’s take ‘The Voice’ analogy a step further. The brilliance of the concept, is that the judges only evaluate on the voice – not the appearance.
Sadly, that’s not how it works in life!
After the initial judgement call on appearance, children and adults are judged on their ability to communicate!
Poor oral fluency can wrongly create misconceptions about intelligence or cause low self esteem and cost jobs as an adult.

Even sadder, research consistently finds teachers spend as little as 6% of their time on vocabulary development and even less (only 1.4%) allotted to content area vocabulary.

Every teacher knows that apart from the intervention of repeated practice (requiring time they can’t find), it’s almost impossible to change ingrained, grammatically incorrect vocabulary e.g. ‘I seen him’, ‘She went to the shopping’ etc.!

I believe we are created with equal brain capacity to learn – just inequality of opportunity.
Music and singing is accessible to everyone – engaging the brain for remembering intonation and pronunciation and the grammatical structure of language.

I deliberately use a wide variety of upbeat musical styles and singing performances as the key Jazzles ELA strategy for emotional engagement and recall.
Singing happily and automatically unifies groups of children – no matter what their socio-economic status is.
It is also the ideal way to practice and internalize English vocabulary – to say nothing of confident oral expression!

Can you think of a more powerful and enjoyable way to activate vocabulary?
It is the single best predictor of success in all school subject areas. And essential for mixed ability classes!
Based on the amount of time devoted to it, you wouldn’t thinks so!

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