1.THE SINGING DRUM AND OTHER PLAYS
About these plays
These plays are based on folk-tales and fairy-tales from different parts of the world. Written especially for schoolchildren, these plays can be performed by children in their classrooms. They can read out the dialogues by taking up the roles in the play. Children can distribute and redistribute roles among them. Such performances will be complementary to learning the language from textbooks. Similarly, a performance can be staged for the benefit of the whole school. This exercise is of great benefit where English is taught as a second language.
By watching and reading plays in English one can familiarize oneself with spoken English. The best method of learning spoken English is by listening to conversation and making use of the opportunity to speak. Sentences are spoken in a play in lifelike situations and in logical sequence. By repetitive hearing, they become a part of the listener’s language.
A language teacher must bear in mind the fact that forcing the learner to speak always grammatically correct and complete sentences is what makes him tongue-tied. Nobody learnt to speak his mother tongue this way. Every child starts speaking the mother tongue with meaningless words, and fragments. In the beginning, his speech is replete with of mistakes of all kind. The child learns the language the way he learns walking.
A play can also be read like a story. The reader naturally internalizes a lot of expressions from the dialogues in a play. Reading a play can be a group activity providing social interaction. Staging a play is a lesson in language as well as a piece of entertainment at the same time. Correct pronunciation, accent and intonation can be taught through plays.
After a few ‘play-lessons’ children can be encouraged to construct dialogues or short plays of five or ten minutes. This activity trains them to ‘think and speak’ which is the most important aspect of learning a language.
Children may be encouraged to write dialogues or short plays of a length of five to ten minutes. Through this activity, they learn to think and speak in the natural way. Children may also be encouraged to write short plays and dialogues individually. Children, who try to do this, will learn the pleasure of finding expressions for their thoughts. Their power of imagination flares up. Through this linguistic exercise, they will be able to speak well and write well in school or out of school.
- Stories 1
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Language English