Lip sync

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 03 日 in Speaking

This post originates from an idea of Dr. Krisztina Zimanyi, a mentor of Ben during a short study in Ireland subsidized by the MOE of Taiwan in 2013.

I feel we should’ve tried this during the course, but you can have a go with your classes – lip sync, or karaoke without the words on the screen 😉 might help with those memory problems :))

By definition, lip-sync is to move the lips silently in synchronization with a pre-recorded soundtrack. Practically speaking, it can be adapted into a creative speaking activity. In this way, learners may not only memorize the lyrics pretty well but also get themselves fully involved in the scenario created by the song itself.

1. Play the lip-sync video above to motivate students and explain how lip-sync works.

2. Group students in twos and ask them to choose a song of their own.

3. Video the performance and upload it to a teaching platform.

4. Vote for the most entertaining videos and ask the winners to perform in person.

If students are too shy to do lip-sync, teachers may ask them either to pick an easier/slower song or focus on doing lip-sync and facial expressions. Students can grade one another in terms of lip-sync correctness, facial expressions, body languages, creativity, popularity, etc. In this case, low-achievers may have an incredible performance that makes teachers’ chins hit the floor. Hopefully, low-achievers’ motivation is highly-enhanced as a result.

Here is another example:

For advanced levels, English teachers can work with IT teachers to engage students in collaborative teaching and learning. The following link demonstrates what amazing stuffs can result with a video-making software and lip-sync.

Chemical Brothers–Get Yourself High (2003)  (Highly-recommended!)

  1. patty0821 說道:

    I think this post will be very helpful for Po-hua. She is now working on her song-teaching project.


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