GISIG WEBINAR on 19th February, 2017

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Webinar Resources

Music and Mime, Rhythm and Rhyme by Charles Goodger

Please Google these documents for more information about teaching English through action songs:

  • Lusi Nurhuyati (2013). Using Action Songs to Promote Fun English Learning at Elementary School. (Doctoral dissertation, Universitas Muria Kudus).
  • Millington, N. T. (2011). Using songs effectively to teach English to young learners. Language Education in Asia, 2(1), 134-141.
  • Razak, N. A. N. A., & Yunus, M. M. (2016). Using Action Songs in Teaching Action Words to Young ESL Learners.

GISIG is delighted to invite you to a webinar that will present the contrasting interests of two speakers in the diverse field of ELT: Charles Goodger and Dennis Newson. On behalf of FunSongs Education, Charles writes and directs drama and music-based language workshops for young learners. Dennis began teaching EFL in Ghana in 1961, and subsequently taught in Sierre Leone, London, Qatar, Norway and finally in the University of Osnabrueck, North Germany.

Teaching young Arabic-speaking Israelis English through music and mime, rhythm and rhyme

In this webinar Charles will describe his experience as a theatre director at the Al Saraya theatre in Israel last July working with Arabic and English-speaking actors and musicians to rehearse and adapt his FunSongs Puppets and Monsters Show for local school audiences. Al Saraya is the Arab-language section of the famous Arab-Israeli theatre in Jaffa, Tel-Aviv.

One challenge was adapting the interactive action song and bilingual workshop from the English-Italian version to English and Arabic. Out of this, a series of interesting and significant cultural issues came up which Charles will discuss in this webinar.

Down with grammar!

How can anyone learn a language if they don’t learn its grammar.
In a referendum would you vote ‘Yes, I quite agree with this statement’ or ‘No, what rubbish!’

In this webinar Dennis will present 10 statements in support of his deep conviction regarding widespread misconceptions of what ‘grammar’ is and is not. The distortion that this causes in the understanding, promotion and facilitation of effective ways of acquiring English as a second/foreign/other language constitutes a block that he believes is a serious pedagogical, educational, global issue.

Do join us on Sunday February 19th 13.00 to 14.00 GMT for what we’re sure will be a thought-provoking and stimulating event!

6 Responses to GISIG WEBINAR on 19th February, 2017

  1. Julissa Pasache February 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    I would like to attend the webinar, how could I do it?

  2. Julietta Schoenmann February 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm #

    Hi Julissa

    Great to hear you’re thinking of joining us! We’ll add a link very shortly to the webinar page of the GISIG website and hope that you can still attend.

    Best wishes

    • Julissa Pasache February 16, 2017 at 1:04 am #

      Thank you!

  3. Linda Ruas February 13, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi Julissa,

    If you scroll down on the IATEFL webinar site here, you’ll find a link to our GISIG webinar on Sunday – hope to meet you then (13.00 UK time):

    All the best,


    • Julissa Pasache February 16, 2017 at 1:06 am #

      Meet you then Linda. Thank you so much!

  4. Frida Valenzuela February 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    great “what time is un Peru, please

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