Darren A. Kinsman
Clark Memorial International High School
After receiving a B.A. in political science and a B.Ed. in Secondary Education, Darren taught English in Quebec City, and subsequently participated in a study abroad program with Japanese university students before accepting a teaching position in Japan in 1998. Darren received CELTA certification in 2003 and was granted a master’s degree in 2014 after completing a thesis on 19th century photography in Japan. Darren currently teaches students at the junior high, high school, college, and university levels in Sendai, Japan. He has found success with the Chorus English Approach because it leads to a community of learners, and thus to more effective language acquisition. He looks forward to sharing his experiences with others.
Singing popular songs as a group can increase motivation and group cooperation, lower anxiety, and improve pronunciation and intonation. Chorus English is a novel approach to singing in non-children’s EFL classes. Rather than using music as a filler or a hook, its goal is singing songs well from a linguistic perspective. It can be utilized by both new and experienced teachers who aspire to enrich their student’s communicative capacities and social skills.