This is a walk-through demonstration of an TESOL lesson sequence I designed using corpora linguistic insights and content- and text-based approaches. The lesson material is fun, useful and applicable across many teaching situations and English instructors of every level, elementary through university.
The YouTube video songs are Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World and Judy Garland’s original Wizard of Oz version of Over the Rainbow. The presentation cites background theory, including text-based and content-based teaching, Extensive Reading principles as applied to other text types, language as a social activity, and corpora linguistics for teachers; there is a brief introduction of how to use a corpora website for teachers.
Two New School courses influenced the development of this material: Language Analysis with Scott Thornbury and Materials Development with Steve Cornwell & Deryn Verity. The aim of the classroom materials is to help learners notice the fundamental patterns of English and encourage using the English they already know, in combination with listening, enjoyment and an exploratory, not-speed-driven, not-transmission-driven approach. Corpora data shows that song lyrics often share commonalities with spoken English, making them ideal texts for many language classrooms, while YouTube videos offer a platform for encouraging student-based inquiry and text-based exploration and dialog.