The power of drama

This week we have a guest post from Henritte Sudah, who teaches English at Zababdeh girls secondary school, Jenin, Palestine.

When I went on the training course with Nick in Ramallah about using stories in teaching English I was unsure about whether I would be able to apply it in my classes. Some of the girls in my class have learning difficulties and they don’t know how to read or write any English at all. But as soon as I had told the first story to the students they were very excited about singing the song and acting it out. I could hear the children singing the song to themselves in the playground long after the class had finished. For the play, one student explained to everyone else what their roles should be and they worked the whole thing out on their own. The children who took part in these performances now come to meet me very morning at the school gate. So now I am proud that I am part of this project, but most of all I’m proud of my students.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “The power of drama

  1. Despite the fact that the video quality isn’t very good, it’s plain to see that the children are really into it, and they benefited from it immensely. Great job everyone! Your work here Henritte illustrates clearly the two sides of language learning that can come out of doing simple drama activities. Firstly, the kind of repeated but motivating practice that students get from learning and performing the chant and the lines of the play. Secondly, the opportunities for creativity and self-expression which comes out of turning a story into a play. Both of these factors are very useful on the long road towards fluency for learners. πŸ™‚

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  2. Super lovely little sheep πŸ™‚ Thank you for making me smile, girls. You’ve just made my day! It’s amazing that they managed to do most of the job on their own, they assignd roles and directed the action. This shows how much they’re enthusiastic about it and that’s ‘the power of drama’ πŸ™‚ It’s all about being motivated, confident and creative.
    Well done and many thanks to you and your teacher.

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