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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

“All you need is trust and a little bit of pixie dust!” – Peter Pan

By Sara Layah Shomron

How do you make someone want to learn a foreign language? Consider drama. It's interactive, effective, and fun. Language comes alive through drama in a creative and dynamic way. It can help motivate and inspire EFL/ESL students, provide valuable learning tools, and build confidence.

"I'll never grow up,never grow up, never grow up! Not me!”
- Peter Pan

A magical Ulpana Neve Dekalim student adaptation of the play Peter Pan was performed in English last night at the Givat Washington campus auditorium. The girls spoke, sang, and/or danced their lines to the delighted audience. Applause was frequent and well deserved. A number of girls shared the roles of the mother, father, Wendy, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tiger Lily. Consistent character costumes made for smooth and successful role transitions among the different girls playing the same part. The pirate and Indian dance routines were clearly as fun to do as they were to watch. Comic relief was provided by those playing Nana the dog and the tic-tock crocodile. Hand-painted backdrops of artistic quality gave a welcome outlet to those girls without the acting bug but wanting inclusion. And for a few ever too brief hours, one was transported to Neverland...

A round of applause to the English teachers, students and administration at Ulpana Neve Dekalim - May you continue to go from strength to strength!


Batya said...

Sara Layah, thanks so much for posting this. It's really true about being in a fun play as being a great way to improve and enjoy learning English.

Sara Layah said...

Batya, do you remember the little ditty "learning is FUNdamental" from way back when? Sometimes learning becomes more mental than fun. Teachers would do well to keep the fun in the learning process! The English rolled off the students' tongues... and empowered them.

Shy Guy said...

Wasn't it "READING is fundamental"?

Shy Guy said...

Yep. Classic RIF commercial

They still exist.

Sara Layah said...

Thanks, Shy Guy!
I stand corrected.