Louise Pavey
I Can Say It Through Music

Louise’s presentation examines some of the problems students have speaking English and how simple rhythm and musical activities help overcome these obstacles. Several sounds in English are not found in other languages and can cause problems for students both in reception and thus production.

Louise uses features which are common to both music and language such as rhythm, stress, pitch, tone, volume and pauses. She uses resources and materials that are easily accessible for teachers and students to use. Her activities are adaptable for all ages from childhood to adults, and for every learning level, Beginner to Advanced. Learning is hidden through musical activities and songs which can help students gain confidence with difficult words and sounds and help improve their intelligibility.

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

In this exciting and entertaining workshop, Louise will demonstrate rhythm activities for difficult sounds for example, ‘th’,’r’ and ‘l’ etc. using cups and chopsticks and body percussion to engage students. Participants will experience techniques used in choral and song writing that can be adapted and used for single sounds, difficult words and sentences. No musical background is required. Come along and join in the fun experience you will want to share with your students!

Louise Pavey has been teaching at UON Language Centre since 2009. She holds a Dip.Mus.Ed (Music), B. Ed (Music) and Cert IV TESOL. Currently the Elementary Coordinator, Louise combines her musical background with ESL teaching skills. Louise has presented at English Australia Conference, Brisbane 2015, UECA PD Fest Sydney, May 2016, where she was peer-selected “Best Presentation” and presented at Adelaide UECA PD Fest October 2016. In December 2016 she was awarded the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in ELICOS Programs at UON. She recently presented at UECA PD Fest Sydney, May 2017.