A group of newly arrived children from three different primary schools in Bristol have been brought together for a series of 10 weekly workshops in drama and music, culminating in a performance. The 15 minute video shows the teacher and a musician working together using repetitive language, a lot of lively action and opportunities to play with new words and sounds. Music emphasizes key words; key structures, such as questions, prepositions etc., are taught in the context of the developing play "The Red Nose". The programme shows children gaining in confidence and enjoying learning.
While the sequence filmed was part of an extended schools' initiative, the strategies used would be equally applicable in the mainstream classroom.
EAL, drama, music, bilingual learners, new arrivals
Article Id : 15252
Date Posted: 23/2/2009