Hip Hop Education Using Rap to Teach Language Learners

Hip Hop Language Education: Using Rap to Teach, Really?


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Language teachers have the daunting task of helping students memorize so many words! How can it be fun? How can you help students learn them faster? Jason Levine uses hip hop in his language education classes. Surprisingly, he teaches teachers (even those, like me, with no rhythm) to use hip hop in their language education classes too.

Essential Questions: Hip Hop Language Education: Using Rap to Teach, Really?

  • Why do hip hop and language education work together?
  • Can you use hip hop if you're a language teacher who can't rap at all?
  • How can any teacher facilitate hip hop activities with language?
  • How can teachers make the repetitive practice of language EXCITING?
  • What are the 3 R's of Language Learning?

[callout]We have yet another example of using things students love to hook them into learning. Hip hop is the most listened to form of music in the world, according to the research Jason cites on the show. English is the most learned second language in the world.

Combining hip hop and language education is a masterful use of both of these. So, you're not comfortable with this — you CAN use someone else's videos. Jason raps on the show and I think that perhaps I could even do it (although I wouldn't sound as cool.) Have an open mind, language teachers, to move away from flash cards and towards music. [/callout]

Educator Resources from this Episode

The 3 R's of language learning are relax, repeat, remember. Jason Levine

Jason talks about his hip hop language education method on the show and the 3 R's to help students relax and actually learn the language.

Hip Hop Language Education Using Rap to Teach Language Learners

Let's talk about hip hop language education. You can do it, even if you're a teacher with no rhythm.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

Patrick Kane November 21, 2015 - 2:17 pm

I think this is a great way to reach students! Not only is it fun and engaging but it can be used to reach students who may learn in different ways. Howard Gardner’s theory on multiple intelligence’s explains that some may learn new ideas and concepts differently than others. One of those ways is rhythmically or musically, this a great example of reaching those learners!

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