“Puppetry in Language Teaching”
Why is puppetry one of the most valuable resources for teaching English in primary schools? Puppetry provides the teacher with a wide range of different types of puppets very useful for several purposes within the educational context.
The language of puppetry is a universal language; no matter what your background is that everyone enjoy, understand and react. This unique art can communicate without saying a word; it is the language of movements and touch. The first relationships of the infant with objects are crucial for the child’s development. The puppet would be later the surrogate object which helps the child to learn a new language.
By using puppets we could increase the four skills of a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Moreover, puppetry could help to enrich other competences of the existing curriculum. Puppetry is an ancient art form with a remarkable quality of live contact with the audience, who are fully involved and stimulated into their creative thinking.
This conference is addressed to those who might be interested in getting information about this particular innovative teaching tool. It is also addressed for those ones who might want to know about our project “Puppetry and circus: a trip around the world schools”:
“Ana Lorite came to the London School of Puppetry in 2014 to investigate the use of puppetry in language education for children. She was thorough and produced outstanding work for her MA. Out of her MA research she produced a lecture for an international group of teachers at the annual APET (the Art of Puppetry in Education and Therapy) symposium at the LSP in 2015. Ana Lorite is able to offer creative solutions to language learning and she will always be welcomed as a teacher at LSP. ”
Caroline Astell-Burt, director of the London School of Puppetry