Lesson Plan Introduction

Module 1: Understanding Your Senses

Topic 1-2 Left Ear and Right Ear
Objective To improve participants' concentration
Design Three students form a line, with the left and right ones starting to speak at the same time on the topic assigned by the teacher who should also give an audible interference. When time is up, ask the student in the middle to answer what he has just heard. Award the one who remembers the most.
Topic 1-3 Eye and Ear Switching
Objective To help participants feel the difference between hearing and seeing
Design Begin by explaining the purpose of the activity, then guide the participants to see a fixed point in the distance, then plug their ears and count to 30 seconds silently, then close their eyes, lower their hands and listen for 30 seconds. Repeat this procedure several times, then discuss the differences with your classmates.
Topic 1-4 Soundscape Painting
Objective To create a connection between sound and emotion, to practice the interpretation of sound through different abstract expressions and to promote mutual understanding and respect
Design Through a sheet of paper containing an oval shape on the surface with a cross in the middle, participants are asked to place themselves at the center and record the sounds around them for 10 minutes using abstract symbols and colors. At the end, the sheets of paper are put together and the group guesses the sounds drawn by each other, thus facilitating mutual understanding and appreciation and turning abstract into figurative expression.

Module 2: Understanding Sound and Environment

Topic 2-1 Listening Through Time and Space
Objective To provide participants with a deeper understanding of the overall landscape change
Design Use maps (drawings) from different eras to reinforce participants' awareness of environmental change. Also ask questions about possible reasons for environmental change.
Topic 2-2 Hearing Service Station
Objective To help participants open their ears with a recorder and noise decibel meter
Design Teach participants how to use microphones and noise decibel meters for observation and recording.
Topic 2-3 Blindfolded Soundscape Walk
Objective To enhance participants' perception of the environment and to test the level of trust between them
Design Groups of two people take turns covering themselves with black cloth and keep a distance between groups, moving slowly.
Topic 2-4 Soundscape Study Tour
Objective To enhance participants' perception of the environment
Design Record the sounds you’ve heard on a sticky note according to the map route.
Topic 2-5 Soundscape Map
Objective To reintegrate the content recorded during the soundscape study tour to enhance impressions and to discuss environmental observations, such as noise conditions, analysis of environmental sound characteristics, etc.
Design Divide participants into groups for discussion and have them attach the sticky notes on the same poster and present their reports.
Topic 2-6 Taiwan Nature Sound Course - 1. Listen to Birds Talking
Objective To understand the meaning of the different sounds of birds
Design Use the story of Gongye Chang to pique interest in birds that mimic human speech, how they make their sounds, the meanings of different bird sounds and the differences in the tones of bird chirps. See the "Bird Sounds Tutorial" on this website.
Topic 2-7 Taiwan Nature Sound Course - 1. Nature Sound
Objective To understand Taiwan's biodiversity through a set of sounds based on the concept of landscape
Design Distributecards made with the sounds of creatures that appear in a set of landscape sounds to the participants. Request themto make sounds together or in turn and to guess how many sounds (animals) there are and finally to find a partner by sound. Lecturer shows and introduces the biological and ecological features of the landscape.
Topic 2-8 Taiwan Nature Sound Course - 3. Sound Portal
Objective To understand the ecological context in which creatures live and their sounds
Design Begin with an introduction to the environmental information represented by familiar sounds, followed by an overview of the creatures and sounds that occur in different ecological environments, and finally the playing of the sounds of different ecological landscapes to allow participants to ascertain the ecological types.

Module 3: Discussion and Reflection on Quiet Issues

Topic 3-1 Trail Quietism: The Etiquette of Trail Quietness
Objective To enable participants to realize the importance of quiet in conservation by means of focused discussions
Design (1)The purpose of anational park, serving humans vs. serving creatures (2)Human senses vs. creature senses (3)Trail management: Can a karaoke machine be allowed? Is it okay to bring a radio to play along the way?
Topic 3-2 Taiwan Nature Sound Course - 2. Human Noise
Objective To enable participants to recognize the impact of human interference on the environment by comparing human interference with the natural environment (Further discussion of Topic 2-7)
Design After Activity 2-7, switchto theman-made sounds in the cards. After completing the activity in the same way, ask participants to discuss the differences between the two activities and the impact of human noise.
Topic 3-3 Hear Who's Singing
Objective To observe and record the sounds of the natural environment in life over a long period of time
Design Choose a campus tree (or ecological pond) for a week of nature observation and sound recording at various times of a day, or for a longer period of time for survey and documentation. Learn to build a database of biology and sound on campus.