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Learning through Dramatic Play

Using Dramatic Play to foster language growth in ELL students
by Michele Nowlin on 16 July 2010

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Transcript of Learning through Dramatic Play

Fostering Language Development through Dramatic Play & Role Playing
Through play children learn to develop their vocabulary
Dramatic Play can bolster language development because: it includes lots of talking, reading and singing, providing a language rich environment Play promotes four critical skills that are key to early literacy development: •Underlying cognitive skills (the ability to think deliberately)
•Oral language
•Development of symbolic representation
•Content related literacy concepts and skills Puppets Playing house/grocery store Felt board story-telling Music and Movement Role play is a worthwhile learning experience. Students have more opportunities to "act" and "interact" with their peers trying to use the English language. Also students' English speaking, listening, and understanding will improve.
Role play lightens the atmosphere and brings liveliness to the classroom. Students learn to use the language in a more realistic, more practical way. This way they can become more aware of the usefulness and practicality of English. Six major steps in the Role Play Procedure: Decide on the teaching materials to be used
Select situations and create dialogues
Teach the dialogues for role plays
Have students practice the role plays
Have students modify the situations and dialogues
Evaluate and check students' comprehension of the role play dialogue



Unstructured and structured playtime fosters social and cultural connections between different groups of students, especially those with varied levels of proficiency in a shared language. In also has the advantage of inspiring children to practice and improve proficiency in their second language in a non-threatening way.
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