English Language Fellow Mathilde Verillaud is using an innovative technique to teach English: jazz chanting. This month, she facilitated a workshop in Argentina on “The Power of Rhythm: Jazz Chants in the Classroom.”
Students learned about jazz chanting, which connects the rhythm of English to jazz beats, and created their own jazz chants to practice the language. The workshop became even more interactive when students got out of their seats and supplemented their jazz chants with gestures. These chants not only helped the students learn grammar and vocabulary but also enlivened the classroom and made the students excited about English.