Shadow puppets help with second language acquisition
Language acquisition: intermediate Arabic students tell stories with shadow puppets.
1: brainstorm characters and plots with available vocabulary
2: write individual treatments
3: meld into common story, refine expressions
4: construct specific puppets
5: run draft story, select music, sounds, settings
6: refine story, finalize & memorize script, choreograph puppet play
These steps were executed over 6 days of a workshop at San Francisco State University May 2012.
Small group work helped to consolidate language learning around Thousand & One Nights text.
Participants seemed delighted to construct their own meaning and see evidence of hard-won communication proficiency.
Play was called "Booba Gets a Bride".