optSB1-How-are-you-border.jpgIf the language of an activity is easy, make the task more challenging. If the language is difficult, make the task easier.
Songs and chants are practice activities in Let's Go. They reinforce the language of the lesson. Rhythm makes it easier for children to remember. You'll notice that most songs in Let's Go are also conversations.

How to introduce a song (from Let's Go Teacher's Book 1)

1. Play the song. "Hi! How are you?" reinforces the language from the dialogue. Have students listen and identify words they recognize from Let's Talk.

2. Introduce the song rhythmically (as a chant). Have students clap (or march) to keep the beat as you model the song, line by line. If students have difficulty with longer lines, use a backward build-up.
3. Play the song again. Encourage students to sing along.

Practice activity suggestions

To increase challenge:
--Have students add gestures to the song (for Hi, How are you?, fine, great, and OK)
--Divide the class into 3 groups--one for each response (fine, great, OK). As they sing each verse, two groups ask the question, and one answers. Remind students to face and look at the group they are singing to (to reinforce the idea that this is a conversation)
--Have students sing the song to partners, taking turns asking and answsering the question.
--Have students look at the pictures and lyrics. Ask students to point to words that they recognize, or ask them to count the number of times they see OK, or Hi, for example.

To make the activity easier:
--Have students sing the answers, only. The teacher (or children on the audio) can ask the question each time.
--Have students do the gestures as they listen to the song.
--Have students point to the pictures for fine, great, and OK as they listen.

Track 26: "Hi! How are you?"

Backward Build-up is a technique to help students with longer sentences. It gives them more practice with the end of a sentence (where they often have trouble). Be sure to use natural speed and intonation as you build the sentence.
Teacher: you
Students: you
Teacher: How are you?
Students: How are you?
Teacher: fine. How are you?
Students: fine. How are you?
Teacher: I'm fine. How are you?
Students: I'm fine. How are you?