Rapping with the iPad to develop vocabulary skills

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imageAutorap (a free app) is a highly motivating tool for using language with primary and secondary aged children. Essentially, the child records a short spoken phrase which then generates an automatic rap.

It could be used at school or home to consolidate vocabulary or grammatical forms, or simply to practise structuring short phrases. The free version gives you unlimited use of one tune but you need to upgrade if you want to use any others.

Using at school:  In a classroom group, present a choice of vocabulary words that you have been working on. Each child takes turns to make it into a short phrase, records the phrase and plays it back to the group.

Using at home: Give your child any two words e.g. “train” and “egg” and challenge them to make up a phrase with both words in it before turning it into a rap. Encourage them to think of two words to give you – there’s no need for your phrases to make perfect sense but enjoy playing with the words and structuring sentences together.

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