Recording (33min)

Mike Harrison

Sound activities for the ELT classroom

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Sound is a very powerful stimulus as it can evoke such strong feelings and emotions. Yet it seems a little underused as a resource in the language classroom. Why can’t we use sound, that is music and sound effects, in the classroom just as we do images and pictures. I would like to share a number of activities I have used with my students over the past few years in a very practical workshop. I will share activities that show how sound can be used to: elicit vocabulary, provide instant contexts for speaking activities, change and enhance reading and listening activities, and provide creative prompts for written work. I hope you will join the session and get some sound ideas.

Bio Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison is an ESOL teacher based in London where he has been teaching for the last 4 years. He also previously taught in Pamplona in northern Spain. He is interested in using images and sounds in the classroom, particularly with lower level language learners. Apart from teaching, his interests include amateur photography and Spanish. He is also currently taking the DELTA course at UCL in London. He blogs at and tweets @harrisonmike

Sound activities for the ELT classroom by Mike Harrison

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