Do you like theater? How does the theater begin? Is it possible to combine theater and the study of the French language? Do we need to invite a theater director to work with children?
The team of the French language camp Club Lumière copes well with the theatrical component in working with children and can suggest some linguistic theatrical exercises for the language camp.
It must be said that our animators took a special “French by Theater” course with theater professionals and trainers. In the theatrical exercises for camp, we use the motivation and positive emotions, as we have already said, hugely boost to the natural perception of educational material and reveal the creative abilities of children.
Here are some areas where you can work using theatrical exercises: pronunciation (tongue twisters, exercise “mirror of pronunciation”), intonation (exercise “mood recipe”), trust in the partner (exercise “mirror”, exercise “conflict”), development of history (exercise “story of statue”, exercise “conversation with an alien”). In fact, the exercises are very many and very diverse, it all depends on what you set as the goal.
HISTORY OF THE STATUE
OBJECTIVES: acting skills, scenario development
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: from 10
DESCRIPTION: One of the participants enters the center and creates a “frozen statue”, showing a situation, emotion, action, etc. The next participant joins the first, continuing, in his opinion, the story of the “frozen statue.” The first participant leaves the center and returns to the others. And so one by one. Participation of the whole group is desirable. The participant fixes his version of the continuation for a few seconds before the previous participant leaves the statue composition.
NOTES: It is necessary to give participants a suggestion about the “intelligibility” of their message. This will give a more conscious approach to versions of the continuation of history. This activity can be carried out at the moment when the dynamics of the group fall. Good mood and laughter are guaranteed.
RECIPE OF MOOD
OBJECTIVES: “unlocking”, linguistic content, work with intonation
DURATION: 15 minutes
DESCRIPTION: The group is divided into small equal teams. Each team receives the same text of the recipe, which the team members should read with a certain feeling (love, fear, sadness, fun, boredom, etc.). The whole text of the recipe is distributed among the team members. After 5 minutes of preparation, each team reads aloud their version of the “mood recipe”. Teams should guess what feelings the serving team expresses.
EQUIPMENT: print out a recipe for each participant
NOTES: This exercise is desirable to perform with a clear exaggeration of the demonstration of feelings.
It is necessary to pay attention to that each exercise had a finite tangible result. A theater studio led to the presentation of a small play, a sketch, skits or pantomime.
The theater begins by Club Lumière!