Effectively Brining Theatre Into English Classes


Theatre trains children to articulate their words properly and to aim their voices when they talk, helping them to become understandable and comfortable speakers. Making use of drama to teach in English enrichment class program also aids to boost the comprehension and recall ability of a word. 

By the time a kid has read, practiced and enacted an episode focusing on words ‘annoyed’, as an example, there is little probability of ever failing to remember it. The same would not be true if the word had been memorised by rote for a vocabulary examination.

Puppet Time

Who does not enjoy puppets? They are especially fascinating to younger pupils, and your class will love if you begin the day with a puppet on your hand. Let the puppet welcome your students at your initial circle time if you opt to start the day with a routine class pal or mascot. 

You can also contribute to the individuality appeal of your puppet by having it make constant mistakes in its vocabulary usage. Have the puppet say basic errors fancy, “Hello. How are me?” and allow the children cherish in correcting their silly puppet pal.

One-minute Theatre

One-minute Theatre, like Human Slideshow, can be made use of to sum up chapters, publications and various other reading material. It can likewise be utilized to expose your pupils to the stories of tough work, so that they can focus on understanding the writing instead of following the tale.

For example, I utilize this technique when presenting acts by Shakespeare. If the students have a simple understanding of what will occur in the play prior to they start reading, it takes some of the pressure off, and we can cooperate on acting out parts and making sense of individual lines and speeches.

You can provide pupils a recap of a full play or of smaller sized sections of it, then request them to review it, designate positions and put together a one-minute play that goes with the summary. Do not be a disciplinarian for time. If their plays take 2-4 minutes, that’s great too!

Calendar Time

Calendar time is usually how teachers start their days, and your class doesn’t have to be an anomaly. Calendar time is fantastic for examining the days of the week and the months of the year. If you count the total amount of days school has been running, you can also make use of the time to examine and exercise English numbers. 

Next, mix drama with calendar time activities. Get your students to perform short improvisational plays based on days of the week, month or annual events. This keeps things fresh and also gives an additional avenue for student recall post lesson.