The TEFL Centre Malaga. TEFL course classroom tips. Drilling 7: Substitution drilling.

Another type of ‘drilling’ is a jazz chant. These provide the principles of the teacher modelling something that is then reproduced by the student, but it comes in a rhythmical and/or rhyming form to enhance the practise of intonation, stress and rhythm.

The advantages of a jazz chant are that they

contextualise the language (situational context)

make drilling more fun (they can be accompanied by movement, hand clapping)

often include humour or express feelings

help in remembering the language (they can be easily recalled)

can be used in team play – the best rendition wins!

The following example of a jazz chant has been taken from Carolyn Graham:

Would you walk to China if you had the time?

Would you leave at a quarter to three?

Would you walk to China if you had the time?

Would you walk to China with me?

Of course, I'd walk to China if I had the time.

I'd leave at a quarter to three.

Of course, I'd walk to China tomorrow night, if I were only free.

Why can't you walk to China tomorrow night?

Why can't you go to China at three?

Why can't you walk out on your sweet sugar cat and sail to China with me?

Well, I have to stay home and take care of my plants

take care of my darling too,

and I'd never walk out on my sweet sugar cat and go to China with you.


Posted on June 13th, 2017


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