Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Music and Language Learning

Over the past few months, I have returned to my previous passion from my younger years - music. I have now dedicated numerous hours relearning and practising my scales, going out and playing music with other musicians as well as listening to a lot more music. This got me thinking about how similar language learning and music are.

In some sense, learners of music - particularly jazz - develop a range of bite size chunks of riffs and scales to employ during a solo and improvisation. Meanwhile, for language learners, we encourage learners to acquire and use a selection of language chunks. The more you practice with your second language or music, the better you get at it. 

I suppose that we should encourage learners to enjoy their language learning experience and get out of the classroom more and use what they use what they have learnt. In the same way any jazz musician learns, the best way is just to play and enjoy what you are doing. When things go right, with both language acquisition and jazz improvisations, the greater you feel with a sense of achievement and it encourages you to develop and improve.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Why I Failed

I finally reached the end of my blogging challenge and I feel rather annoyed that I didn't even reach the daily blog post for a year. I made a good attempt but I kept worrying about quality. I am sorry that I didn't reach three months but I gave it my best shot.

I am now renaming this blog to something more suitable and I will be blogging about my things related to English language teaching, my newly found passion in jazz music - this is one reason why I have had less time to blog here - and to post up my YouTube videos. I would like to thank everyone for their support but it is not the end. I hope, should you decide to start a daily blogging challenge, do it for 30 days. It can be more challenging than you expect.

Anyhow, when I was 12 years old, I learnt how to play the alto saxophone. About 3 months ago, I had my old tenor saxophone refurbished. This gave me the reason to dust off my saxophone and get back into playing jazz music again. I now jam with other musicians quite regularly and have joined an orchestra.

If you ever have a passion which you used to do when you were young, why not retry it? It is fantastic to rediscover music. I have made some new friends and I am always happy to play with other people. However, understand that it will detract your focus on what you would normally do. In this case, blogging each day about TEFL and English language teaching.