Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Practical Advice to Teachers Lecture 2

OK, this one was a little out there at first and I really didn't understand what he was talking about until he started talking about the vowels.  If you are getting ready to teach the vowels or want to understand them then you need to listen to this lecture.

I liked the idea that consonants are like sculpture and drawn from real life:

f  for fish
m for mountain

But the vowels are music drawn from emotion:

short o sound is surprise, open, octopus, oh!

short a is more of an awe sort of thing, apple

It was all very interesting.  The second half of the lecture dealt with rhythm somewhat.  He talked at length on the breathing in and out process. I was kind of worried at first that it was going to be boring but it was really worth listening to.

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