Carol is an ESOL tutor working with adult learners in the UK. She is interested in all things creative when it comes to lessons, and that includes songs and lyrics in the classroom. She fully supports Chris (the creator of Teaching Tracks) with this website, trying out lessons and sometimes contributing to the ideas found within Teaching Tracks (including some illustrations).
Teaching Tracks Series
Themed lessons/activities inspired by David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ Theme – Boundaries
Lessons themed on Pink Floyd’s Money. Theme – ‘Money’
Themed lessons/activities inspired by Katy Perry’s Roar. Theme ‘Empowerment’
Top Ten – Teacher’s Book
Top Ten – Student’s Book
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META, Moldova (online) – Saturday 3rd July at 10:30-11:50 GMT
“T’aint what you do it’s the way that cha do it” after the 1939 song, sung by many probably but most famously and probably best by Ella Fitzgerald. I am really looking forward to this not only cos META is great but because the workshop is 80 minutes hence a real opportunity to engage in some meaty song related tasks.
Using songs in the classroom to explore social/controversial issues.
If you missed the talk, you can view it here.
EdYouFest Video Workshop 6 – 2020
Exploitation… not about the zero-hours contracts and dodgy terms & conditions that dominate the teaching profession! But what can be done with the resource of songs & song lyrics, and how we can exploit all that this resource has to offer, not only for our students benefit but also our own.
“I first came across Chris Walklett’s work in the academic presentations and conference appearances he made in the years leading up to this publication.He has long been an advocate for the use of popular song in the classroom and has built a solid pedagogical foundation which underpins this publication (as explored in the teacher edition of the book).‘Teaching Tracks: Top Ten’ introduces an innovative approach to the use of popular songs as an EFL/ESL resource for lyrical analysis and thematically-focused language tasks.
This engaging and beautifully presented book is constructed around ten songs…” Bob Burke
IATEFL Harrogate 2021
As you are no doubt aware, IATEFL has been cancelled this year.
Chris will deliver his talk “20/20 Vision, Exploring social issues through songs in the classroom” at the next IATEFL in Harrogate 2021.
The talk focuses on how to use songs to highlight meaningful cultural and societal themes and issues.
ELT Conference, Malta 2019
Chris and Carol co-facilitated their second joint workshop in October 2019. The theme focused on the use of songs to empower students to understand and talk about social and personal issues in English.
Here is a snippet of the workshop
EdYouFest, Somerset 2019
Chris presented at the EdYouFest conference earlier in August. His session was moved to the Tuesday, and in a room that catered 14, twice as many attendees turned up! As we did in Birmingham, copies of the limited Singles were given away and more went on sale. There are now less than 20 copies of each left, so there is still time if you want to get your own copy.
And if you missed out on the talk, here are some video highlights from Chris’s How to Teach Tracks.
NATECLA, Birmingham 2019
Carol and Chris co-facilitated their first joint workshop, a Why to & How to Guide to using songs in ESOL at the NATELCA conference. We think it’s fair to say, judging by the interactive attendees and their feedback, that it was a hit! Plus the Singles quiz/giveaway was good fun!
IATEFL Liverpool 2019
Chris ran a workshop on using Beatles’ songs, showcasing different teachers’ ideas. If you were at the conference, and went along to Chris’s workshop, you’d have heard a quite a collection of ideas from other ELT teachers to share!
Chris was at the Independent Authors and Publishers stall, Stand 2, Thursday 15:50-16:20.
Chris was a guest speaker at the Aschehoug’s English Teacher Conference, Norway 2019
What a brilliant experience in Norway! I was invited to talk to over 150 English teachers in secondary schools on how to use song lyrics in the classroom and to share practical examples/hand-outs that teachers can use in their English classes. Read more about it here.
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