Mar 222013



March 21, 2013 I presented “ESL Instruction: Developing Your Skills to Become a Master Conductor” at the TESOL 2013 International Convention and English Language Expo.  I had a blast!  Below I am sharing the PowerPoint and handouts from my presentation.  I’m also including a checklist that I did not include in my presentation.  It’s an extra add-on.  In the next weeks I will be uploading more accompanying materials to further help you incorporate music conducting and basic music notation strategies in your classrooms to facilitate the speaking and pronunciation growth of your students.  The future materials I share will be additional materials that I did not include in my presentation.  You will want to come back and check out the materials here, as I will be uploading useful worksheets and YouTube video tutorials that you can use in the classroom or assign for homework.

These strategies are different and are not your typical ways of teaching pronunciation, but are very effective.  They are based off of the blending of music conducting, vocal, and instrumental techniques.  Through daily and weekly reinforcement you will see progress in your students’ speaking.

(Note:  I’ve had many of you ask if these ideas and materials are available as a complete curriculum set.  As of right now they are not; however,  I plan on writing curriculum and making it available for you.  Until the curriculum is completed, I will be sharing additional materials and videos here on adaptivelearnin.   If you have any suggestions or ideas that you would like to see in the curriculum set, please contact me and let me know.  I want to add ideas and materials that are most useful for you.)

Contact me with questions, stories, insights, and etc. at  I’d love to hear from you.  I’m hear to support you and to help you implement these techniques.  Thank you for connecting and collaborating!  Bravo to for your dedication and passion for teaching your students!  – Beth

Here is my PowerPoint presentation available as a PDF for download and use:

Here are my handouts available for download and use:


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  5 Responses to “TESOL 2013 Presentation- ESL Instruction: Developing Your Skills as a Master Conductor”

  1. […] music techniques for teaching language acquisition.  I have now officially started  I have uploaded my presentation PowerPoint and handouts there.  Access the link to view […]

  2. […] instrumental music techniques for teaching language acquisition.  I have now officially started  I have uploaded my presentation PowerPoint and handouts there.  Access the link to view my […]

  3. Beth, Thank you again for contributing to the 34th ELT Blog Carnival Your post was an amazing addition.

    • Thanks Carissa. They are all excellent. Thanks for adding my post to your Carnival. I’m working on follow-up work to the ideas on my presentation. I will provide updated links to the new content on the post. If you try any of the techniques please let me know how it goes. I’d love to know. Thanks again! – Beth

      • I love your presentation and your handouts. They are very organized and clear. These are valuable. I never thought of myself as a conductor. Definitely will be using music more in my classes.

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