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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Plagarism? Korean # 1 under scrutiny...

I'm a big fan of Korean pop/rap/music for teaching. Part of the game and teachers in Korea have to get familar with it and it is a way to "connect" and help students learn English starting from their world. (which is most necessary and of primacy).

However, this week, I was introduced to the new song by C.N. Blue - "I'm a loner" 외톨이야 ( I would have translated as "I"m a reject") . However, charges of plagarism have aired. I love this tune but this older song from which the charges appear, does have some similarity. What's your take? Plagarism or just coincidence. Let me hear your judgement.
Find the translation in English attached as a handout for students.

Latest by C.N. Blue

The original by YNOT

Downloads: 52

Comment by Ellen Pham on January 30, 2010 at 2:39am
Chorus is pure rip-off! (I didn't see the file for the translation, my opinion is just from listening to the notes.)

But what to make of it? Can one really own a tune? Or the word order in the lyrics?

I think it is a sign of honor, when you are claiming authorship, to give credit to others for the work that you have appropriated. I know I lost respect for both Bob Dylan and Paul Simon over such issues. But really, what is it,more than a sign of honor, of character?

And I'm standing on thin ice, because I will remix anyone's stuff on the internet. I don't take credit for the creation, but I usually don't keep track of my sources, either. Laziness and disorganization, but still, I should do at least that.

Here is a quote from Paul McCartney, regarding his and John's signing away their intellectual property rights to the music they produced together:

"John and I didn't know you could own songs. We thought they just existed in the air. We could not see how it was possible to own them. We could see owning a house, a guitar or a car; they were physical objects. But a song, not being a physical object, we couldn't see how it was possible to have a copyright in it. And therefore, with great glee, publishers saw us coming."

And another by Courtney Love, just to put the nature of these intellectual property rights contracts into perspective:

"Piracy is the act of stealing an artist's work without any intention of paying for it. I'm not talking about Napster-type software. I'm talking about major label recording contracts" - Courtney Love.

And finally, one of my mother's favorite sayings, There's nothing new under the sun. We are all, all the time, borrowing and remixing from those before us, in everything we do, whether we site them or not.

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