Louise Pavey
Rhythm and Song: Reboot, Re-energise and Revitalise your students.

Learning English can put an enormous amount of pressure on international students. The intense concentration required can leave both students and teachers in overload, causing a loss of concentration and focus. Teachers can open pathways to learning and build confidence through simple and effective use of rhythm and song. In as short as a 5 or 10 minute session, students and their teacher can reboot, refresh and re-energise by focusing on short, simple rhythmic or percussive activities and songs. The physical movement involved which uses the left and right sides of the brain, has the ability to clear the mind due to the chemical reactions taking place.

The Language Centre at the University of Newcastle has trialled these activities in special programs such as the Music Club, Conversation with a beat, and Remedial Pronunciation classes, as well as in regular Elementary Lectures and classes. These trials have resulted in an increase in student morale and sense of community, as well as improved pronunciation and focus.

In this entertaining workshop, participants will experience these re-energising rhythms for themselves as they learn the techniques of body percussion, rhythms and songs. No special instruments or talent is required, just your two hands and enthusiasm is all you need. Come along and join in for a fun experience you will want to share with your students!

Louise Pavey has been teaching at the University of Newcastle Language Centre since 2009.She is currently the Elementary Coordinator, combining her musical background of 35 years with ESL teaching. Louise is developing programs using drumming and body percussion as well as songs to use in the classroom. She is currently developing activities using music and pronunciation. Louise presented an exciting workshop at the September 2015 EA Conference in Brisbane. She holds a Dip.Mus Ed (Music), B Ed (Music), Cert IV TESOL.