Qu’est-ce qu’il y a au zoo? What is at the zoo? Using dramatic techniques to teach primary languages

Joseph Mees
Sunday, September 1, 2019

This scheme of work uses the Dramalang® SMILES approach to language learning, which consists of Song, Mime, Improvisation, Learning Games, Expression and Stagecraft. The learners will be introduced to new language by engaging with an original short story in the target language and will also participate in a variety of dramatic activities that will allow them to repeat and practise new language. While following this scheme of work, it is important to consider the following points: ▪ This scheme assumes that the content being introduced is new to the learners, but they have had some previous target language instruction▪ The timing of activities may need adapting depending on the ability/existing knowledge of the learners▪ We believe that lessons should be conducted mostly in the target language to provide learners with maximum target language input, though this is at the discretion of the class teacher.

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