Write your own jazz chant

Aleksandra Zaparucha
Start time
Saturday 8 June, 11:30
End time
Saturday 8 June, 12:30
The Place

In English some syllables in words and sentences are longer and some are shorter. This is because English is a stress-timed language, where keywords get extra attention. Syllable-timed languages, however, are based on pronouncing all syllables equally. This issue requires both teachers’ and students’ attention as well as practice.

Among the tools that might help with stress are jazz chants. Ever since they were invented and popularised by Carolyn Graham in the 1980s, jazz chants have become a rich source of teaching ideas. The rhythmic repetition of words and phrases, either with or without music, is a great way to practise everyday language in the safe environment of a classroom.

In this workshop you will gain some basic knowledge on what jazz chants are and how to use them with your students of any age. You will also be challenged to write your own jazz chant, either for an EFL or CLIL class.


About Aleksandra Zaparucha

Aleksandra is a Geography and English teacher from Toruń, Poland, with 30 years of experience in Geography and EFL/ESL teaching, teacher training, translating, examining and materials writing, including over 10 years of Content and Language Integrated Learning. She has worked extensively as a teacher and teacher trainer in Poland, the UK (incl. Pilgrims) and other European countries, as well as in Asia (Qatar, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq and China). She regularly conducts CLIL training for teachers in Poland for a local publishing company. In 2014 her geography workbook for lower secondary students ‘Earth and People 1’ was nominated for the British Council ELTons Award in the category of Local Innovation and in 2016 she was the winner of the award as a Tigtag CLIL team member.  

Aleksandra has presented at national and international conferences, such as IATEFL World, IATEFL Poland and HERODOT network, mostly on topics related to CLIL and Global Issues in an English classroom. In April 2019, she was a plenary speaker at the 53rd International IATEFL Conference in Liverpool.         


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all in Bratislava

7th-8th June 2019