Jazz chants - method to learn a language


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In late 1960, Carolyn Graham was an ESL teacher at the American Language Institute of New York University and a ragtime jazz entertainer at a piano bar. One evening she had just finished a performance when someone said, “Gee, it’s good to see you. You look wonderful!” She automatically responded, “So do you!” and suddenly it dawned on her that there was an obvious connection between the rhythm of spoken American English and the one-two-three-four beat of American jazz. Her instinct as a teacher and a musician led her to listen more carefully to the language around her and to focus more on the underlying beat. She began to notice rhythmic language in all sorts of contexts: ordering food in a restaurant, saying goodbye on the street, arranging a date over the phone, and making apologies in a crowded bar. Recalling these exciting moments, Graham said, “I heard potential chants everywhere. Almost everything began to sound like a possible jazz chant.” Soon Graham began to write chants based on spoken American English and to use them in her classes. Thus were born the famous jazz chants!

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s Graham’s jazz chants spread far and wide along with the ESL teaching methods and techniques that sprouted like bamboo shoots after a spring rain during the same period. Today jazz chants can be heard in hundreds and thousands of ESL and EFL classrooms around the world. 

From 'Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Jazz Chants by Frank Tang and Dianne Loyet '

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Definition of Jazz Chants:

Carolyn Graham claims (2006) Jazz Chant is a rhythmic expression of natural language which links the rhythms of spoken American English to the rhythms of traditional American jazz. A jazz chant is a fragment of authentic language presented with special attention to its natural rhythm. It is important to remember that jazz chanting is not like rapping, nursery rhymes, or songs, which distort the spoken language for poetic effect. The rhythms, stress and intonation pattern of the chant should be an exact replica of what the student would hear from an educated native speaker in natural conversation. There are many types of Jazz Chants depending on what the teacher wants to practice. They can be divided into two main groups: topic Jazz Chants and grammar/structure Jazz Chants. The topic Jazz Chants are always connected to some specific theme such as holidays, family, nature, seasons, animals, food, transport, health, occupations, hobbies,days of the week etc., whereas the role of grammar/structure Jazz Chants is to teach or practise some English grammar or structure such as: different verbs, prepositions, tenses, questions, answers, imperatives, structures like there is/are, to be going to, or for example pronouns.There is one more group and that is when the two mentioned types are combined together but that could be done by teachers themselves too and it does not have to be a specific Jazz Chant.There are many methods how to use the chants for teaching English as a foreign language and probably one of the best ones is suggested by Carolyn Graham in her books with Jazz Chants.

(Jazz Chants in English Language Teaching (by Jin Zhang, Chuzhou University, Chuzhou, China Email: angelica_zj@yahoo.com.cn)


English with music and mind maps

Free video course methodically training to pronounce English phrases with music and memorize them with mind maps.
MUSIC helps you practise effectively word stress, sentence stress, speech rhythm, stressed and unstressed syllables, which make your speech sound naturally.
GRAPHICS: we demonstrate an intonation contour and tonic words of each sentence graphically.
MIND MAPS - we use them to visually organize information: vocabulary and grammar. With mind maps you can remember things much better and easier.

Listening skills: Jazz chants: MP3 files and recording scripts  Jazz chants to use with your students in class from starter to intermediate level. You can download an MP3 file and a recording script for each chant. 

Miles Craven presents a series of short jazz chants  a fun way to practise stress and rhythm in the classroom, to help your students sound more natural when they speak English. You can use these jazz chants in a variety of fun ways. You can practice stress and rhythm with your class, to help your students sound more natural when they speak English. Also, because each jazz chant focuses on different vocabulary and grammar, you can also use them to review important words and structures! Here are some ideas on how to use these jazz chants with your class.

How to Create a Jazz Chant by Carolyn Graham  The possibilities are endless, and I think this is one of the reasons Carolyn’s technique has survived all of the methodological twists and turns in our profession in the past 30 years. (The first Jazz Chant book was published in 1978.)

Jazz Chants in English Language Teaching (by Jin Zhang, Chuzhou University, Chuzhou, China Email: angelica_zj@yahoo.com.cn) In this paper, we introduce the theoretical background of Jazz Chants and its definition, and then discuss the application of Jazz Chants in English Language Teaching, esp. the methods, including the definition of Jazz Chants, the methods which could be applied in the teaching, how to teach different chants to the students in different ages, and its effects in language acquisition.

Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of Jazz Chants by Frank Tang and Dianne Loyet Throughout the ’80s and ’90s Graham’s jazz chants spread far and wide along with the ESL teaching methods and techniques that sprouted like bamboo shoots after a spring rain during the same period. Today jazz chants can be heard in hundreds and thousands of ESL and EFL classrooms around the world. Why do jazz chants survive methodological shifts and remain one of the most popular techniques in English teaching? Why are they so effective? How do jazz chants attract millions of learners worldwide? Let us examine some of the characteristics of jazz chants.

Jazz Chants: an RTI Prevention Strategy This is an efficient way of teaching where the stresses lie in a phrase & which syllables or words have less emphasis. Based on the research, Jazz Chants are an appropriate method for teaching English Learners children learn through immersion, observation, imitation, & repetition

Jazz Chants Series - buy a book  A collection of books and CDs on Jazz Chants.

TEACHING THROUGH SONGS AND CHANTS    Embedding the language of our lessons into songs and chants can really strengthen language acquisition if teachers use communicatively appropriate songs.

Carolyn Graham Jazz Chants free ebooks download
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION JAZZ CHANTS  US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. A Website for teachers and learners of English as a foreign language abroad. Summer camps are a time for fun and learning. The camp learning environment is usually more relaxed than a regular school classroom—there are “campers” instead of students and “counselors” instead of teachers.
Chants provide an excellent opportunity for campers or students to move around. Counselors or teachers can demonstrate clapping, foot stamping, finger snapping, or other movements that go with chanted words’ rhythmic patterns. Using movement with chants is fun and provides exercise, which can allow for better retention and learning. Use these basic steps to present a jazz chant:
Chants: short, easy-to-remember spoken or sung texts with a strong rhythm, often called “jazz chants” when set to music.
  • Introduce key vocabulary in the chant. Incorporate your favorite vocabulary presentation techniques, such as using pictures, gestures, realia (real objects), or concept-checking questions.
  • Write the chant on the board. (Optional)
  • If you are using the audio files, play the entire chant. If you aren’t using audio files, read the entire chant aloud to the class; verbally emphasize the stress and rhythm.
  • Next, using the lyrics sheet, read one line at a time and have learners repeat the line until they can say most of the words.
  • Add rhythm and movement: repeat the chant for the learners again while clapping, marching, pounding the table or a drum.
  • Let the learners do the rhythm movement and say the chant at the same time.
  • Let "soloists" say the chant while everyone else claps. (Optional)
  • Ernie
  • The days of the week
  • Fish or frog?
  • A pig, not a snake
  • Those are my bluejeans
  • What happened?
Teaching pronunciation using jazz chants  Carol Graham trains teachers how to use jazz chants to teach pronunciation. They’re great energizers and get learners speaking faster than they can think – one of the elements of fluency.

Jazz Chant: Simple Past and Simple Present - You can use the following jazz chant to help students learn the past tense of many irregular verbs. Add a fun beat to the jazz chant to make it exciting.

Using Jazz Chants for Bilingual/ESl Students  By LaVon Bridges and Alice Wright
Alice and I wrote these jazz chants to give students an engaging way to learn to read. We chose themes to match the units we were studying at the time. Teachers can write their own chants to fit the material and vocabulary for their own units of study.

Jazz Chants  CHANTS: A Bad Day, More Bad Luck, Banker's Wife's Blues, Personal Questions.

Jazz chants As a teacher of English, I always use Jazz Chants to motivate students to pronounce English as often as possible with fun.  They will enjoy repetition of words in verse and can memorize quickly. Teacher can have them do the action along the chants and tell a story simultaneously. 

Jazz chants One of my favorite teaching methods with learners of any level, from beginners to upper intermediate, from children to adults, is turning phrases that are difficult for them into rhythmic, often rhyming sentences. I learned this from the Jazz Chants written by Carolyn Graham.

Jazz chants I was a young teacher when I attended a seminar on methodology, and a teacher trainer from England presented us with Jazz chants. I found them really enjoyable and motivating and so did my students. A Jazz chant is a poem that uses jazz rhythms to illustrate the natural stress and intonation patterns of conversational English. It provides an exciting way to improve your student's speaking and listening comprehension skills while reinforcing the language structures of everyday situation. 

Jazz chanting in Argentina Students learned about jazz chanting, which connects the rhythm of English to jazz beats, and created their own jazz chants to practice the language. The workshop became even more interactive when students got out of their seats and supplemented their jazz chants with gestures. 

Jazz Baby in Africa & Madagascar Steps in teaching a jazz chant. Jazz Chants help non-native speakers get the “feel” of American English. The student learns the stress, rhythm and intonation patterns by “doing” them. It's a very effective and enjoyable way to learn. Carolyn Graham's Jazz Chants can be a great help in your classroom. The MP3 files may be downloaded and will give the sense of jazz, timing and fun that must accompany them.

Jazz Chants - how to use them (slideplayer) to help your students speak more clearly, practice vocabulary, and learn and reinforce grammar patterns.

Review Reviewed Work: Jazz Chants: Rhythms of American English for Students of English as a Second Language by Carolyn Graham. Review by: Jean C. Engler. TESOL Quarterly. Vol. 12, No. 4 (Dec., 1978), pp. 470-475 Published by: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL)

Review on the book: 'Creating Chants and Songs' by Carolyn Graham Reviewed by Deborah Silver, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Jazz Chants can teach far more than intonation and stress; they are also a useful tool for both introducing and reinforcing grammar (Graham calls those songs grammarchants) and vocabulary lessons. With each chant (and there are almost 100 chants in this volume, plus variations), Graham provides specific directions to help teachers create their own chant, based on the lesson being taught. For the chant mentioned above, for example, Graham notes that, while the topic of the chant does not matter, the commands and past tense forms should be one-syllable words and must take an object. “Start with three commands and past tense forms,” she instructs, and close the first half “with some form of congratulations” (as in, Wow! That’s wonderful!).  For the second half of the chant, use questions (as in, Did he throw it?) and, again, repeat the congratulatory line at the end. Readership: Teachers, Trainee teachers and Teacher trainers.

Stress timing How do you teach English pronunciation? One area often problematic for learners is stress timing. 

The Little Red Hen and other Jazz Chants I am a big fan of the work of Carolyn Graham and her Jazz Chants. On several occasions, I have had the opportunity to work on the Jazz Chant The Little Red Hen with groups of teachers in Dakar. Much laughter and enjoyment, but also pleasure in producing work of high quality in terms of phonological reproduction and the musicality of the language. 

Using Chants to Improve Rhythm, Intonation, and Stress In learning to speak another language, one needs to learn the rhythm, intonation, and stress in the language, not just vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, etc. If words and sentences are not spoken with the correct rhythm, intonation, and stress, they may not be comprehensible to a native speaker. Chants, such as Graham's 1978 jazz chants, can be helpful in learning these components of a language through the physical response of lapping, through the oral response of saying the chant, through the aural sense when listening to the beat and the rhythm, and through the visual sense when the stressed syllables of a chant are underlined.

Jazz Chant with Irregular Past-tense Verbs Here's a chant I made up with irregular past-tense verbs/I have used a form of Jazz Chants for many years--most of the commercially made ones (for ex. Carolyn Graham ) I have found to be too "high" for students in beginning levels. I have a collection of chants I have made; most are about 10 lines in length, incorporating a lot of repetition. In addition to these, I just "adapted" regular sentences to a strong, exaggerated jazzy rhythm. (For example, "How are you? How are you? How are you today?" I use as students are entering the classroom--they join in--and "I will see you, I will see you, I will see you tomorrow" as they leave.) 

IMPOVING STUDENTS’ SPEAKING COMPETENCE BY USING JAZZ CHANT  This study set out to determine (1) whether Jazz chants can improve students’ speaking competence; and (2) the strengths and the weaknesses of the implementation of jazz chants to improve the students’ speaking competence. This research was conducted to the third semester students of English Department, teacher training and education faculty of Purwokerto Muhammadiyah University in the academic year of 2012/ 2013. 
The following conclusions can be drawn from the present study: (1) jazz chants could improve the students’ speaking competence in terms of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension as the speaking aspects and could gain the minimum score of passing grade, (2) The strengths of jazz chants in teaching speaking in this research were: jazz chants provided experiences of learning speaking which they had never done before and the opportunities to express their creativity through the activity of making jazz chants on their own.  

Am I stressing correct words - Jazz Chants?  Though the system is great, there is one small problem. The book doesn’t highlight the words that need to be stressed. While one can recognize most stressed words by listening to the accompanying audio tape, sometimes it becomes difficult to tell the stressed word from non-stressed words when they are uttered quickly and loudly. 

Here are some guidelines for using a “jazz chant” in the classroom  Low-Level Learners. By Merle Rubine who teaches at New Americans Welcome Center, Harlem YMCA (mrubine@gmail.com) Here are some guidelines for using a “jazz chant” in the classroom: 1. Distribute text of the chant to students. 2. Give students the opportunity to connect the storyline of the chant to the episode. Check that the students know all the key vocabulary, and pre-teach new words and phrases. 3. Read the chant out loud while students follow the text. 4. Recite the first line of the chant at normal speed; students repeat in unison. Continue this
until the end of the chant, correcting pronunciation along the way. Repeat until students have it. ..............

A Christmas Jazz Chant  This jazz chant is perfect for those who have just started learning English because it is very
simple, using the present simple with a splattering of prepositions.

Gerund vs Infinitive Jazz Chants  The chants will help you to memorize some verbs which require 'to infinitive' or 'gerund' after them. Catchy rhythm (1-2-3-4) which stuck in students' memory and make learning both useful and fun. You can accompany the chants with finger snapping, claps, stomps etc., whatever your students prefer.

TEACHING FALLING AND RISING ENGLISH INTONATION USING JAZZ CHANTS  This research is focus on teaching English intonation that use Jazz chants as a teaching technique. The aim of conducting this research is to know whether jazz chants is effective to teach intonation to the fifth grade students of elementary school. The researcher conducted a pre experimental study on teaching English intonation using jazz chants. The measurement technique was used specifically to measure the students’ achievement and it was done through speaking test.

National Seminar-Workshop on Speech and Theater Arts with Jazz Chants  with the theme, “Supporting Learning in the K to 12 Classroom Through the Performing Arts: Speech and Theater Arts with Jazz Chants” on June 26-28, 2015 at the Chandler Suites in Pagadian City. The Seminar-Workshop aims to:
1. to familiarize the participants with the various forms of speech and theater arts such as story telling, chamber theater, readers theater and play production, as well as jazz chants 2. to train them on these forms of performing arts and jazz chants as strategies for teaching  3. to equip theme with the knowledge and skills necessary to become trainers in relevant speech and theater arts competitions

These little jewels help non-native speakers get the "feel" of American English.  The student learns the stress, rhythm and intonation patterns by "doing" them. It's a very effective and enjoyable way to learn. Check out Carolyn Graham's book Jazz Chants. It can be a great help in your classroom. Be sure to get her accompanying tape cassette, as it will give you the sense of jazz, timing and fun that must accompany them.

TEACHING Jazz Chants TO YOUNG LEARNERS  Manual and Resource Guide for Teachers (Produced and Distributed by the Office of English Language Programs. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Department of State, Washington, D.C.)
Jazz chanting is a rhythmic presentation of natural language, linking the rhythms of spoken American English to the rhythms of traditional American jazz. A jazz chant is a fragment of authentic language presented with special attention to its natural rhythm. It is important to remember that jazz chanting is not like rapping, nursery rhymes, or songs, which distort the spoken language for poetic effect. The rhythm, stress, and intonation pattern of the chant should be an model of what the student would hear from a native speaker in natural conversation. A jazz chant can be constructed by anyone and is taught by emphasizing natural stress and intonation. Detailed instruction to create jazz chants yourself.

Jazz Chants, the music-memory link and much more! There are lots of studies and neurologists which have argued and demonstrated that there is, indeed, a real and direct relationship between these two elements: music and our memory.
Moving away from scientific studies, and focusing on the educational field, the effectiveness of music at the time of learning is something that most of us have experienced by ourselves. Especially in foreign language lessons, because songs are fantastic tools to learn vocabulary and grammar structures. However, as I said before, I discovered a tool which is even better than songs! It is Jazz Chants. They were created by Carolyn Graham 30 years ago, when she discovered that the rhythm, intonation and stress of natural spoken English language, are the same than the ones of a concrete type of music, Jazz. Due to that fact, apart from reinforcing vocabulary and grammar, with Jazz Chants you also practice something that in words of the BBC (2006) is “crucial for communication”: intonation and stress of natural English spoken language.
Other advantages that Jazz Chants have, are that the possibilities with them are endless (you can make a Jazz chant about almost anything!), and that everyone is able to do one! In fact Carolyn Graham offered the “magic recipe” for creating them.

A method for predicting stressed words in English Jazz Chants  To acquire a second language, one must develop an ear and tongue for the correct stress and intonation patterns of that language. In English language teaching, there is an effective method called Jazz Chants for working on the sound system. In this paper, we propose a method for predicting stressed words, which play a crucial role in Jazz Chants. The proposed method is specially designed for stress prediction in Jazz chants. It exploits several sources of information including words, sentence types, and the constraint on the number of stressed words in a chant text. 

Music in class  Chants stand for the rhythmic expression of Standard American English as it occurs in situational contexts. They are designed as a second language acquisition tool to develop the student´s appreciation of the rhythm and intonation patterns of Spoken American English. Students are shown natural intonation patterns and idiomatic expressions through jazz. They consist of time-stressed phrases of a certain length which can be tapped out by foot, hands or pencil to help identify the rhythm. The dialogues include three basic forms of conversaitonal exchange:
• Question and response.
• Command and response.
• Response to a provocative statement.

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Galician teachers doing a Carolyn Graham jazz chant at Pilgrims in Canterbury.

Galician teachers doing a Carolyn Graham jazz chant at Pilgrims in Canterbury.

Teaching Pronunciation with Jazz Chants. Students use rhythmic chants to notice and produce correct stresses in sentences. Through clapping and speaking, the class learns the patterns in a fun, low-pressure way. Later, they can transfer these skills to conversation.

VIDEO. Teaching Pronunciation with Jazz Chants

How to use Jazz chants in the classroom and how to write your own.

VIDEO.How to use Jazz chants in the classroom and how to write your own.

Teaching Jazz Chants - Carolyn Graham explains how to do them

I like you - Holiday Jazz Chants by Carolyn Graham

Here is another classic from Carolyn Graham's "Jazz Chants Fairy Tales." This was originally performed in January 2013.

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