Hope you can help, I've read Alex's blog on Copyright - http://www.tefl.net/alexcase/teaching/t ... l-teacher/
- and was a little shocked! I remember doing my CELTA and was informed that generally, to make sure that I did reference any material I used from books, internet, music, artists, CDs, etc, etc.
My main question is, if I use any material out there in the world, if I reference where I got it from, is that ok?
The reason I am asking this is because I have been told to teach Kindergarten (3-5 year olds) english, and one of the best methods I was thinking about was using music. I could use music to teach them how to say hello, how are you, etc etc.
Now, there are many materials on the web which have what they call "free songs" to download and use, but one website - http://www.dreamenglish.com/freedownload
- has said that if their music is used for more than 10 classroom (lessons) then there is a copyright fee involved.
So...my point is, if I were to bring my guitar into the class and start playing it and using the songs lyrics (or altering it slightly, changing the music slightly), would this still infringe on copyright?
For the intermediate - advance students, they've complained that their text books are boring, so I've offered use the same topics found in the text book, but to get some pictures and names that Hong Kong people are more familiar with than those found in the text book....
for example, the topic is on hobbies, and the text book uses fossil collecting. I've decided to change this to a collection of Gundam figures (not that the whole class likes Gundam) but I'm sure that they would be able to understand this a bit more.
Again....is this against the copyright too? Even if I re-word the questions et al?
Hope someone can help...but then again, I've seen small infringements of copyright in my work place already!!!