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Puppet Play in India

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Summary

English teacher Uma Kala enlists the help of her art teacher husband Chittermani Kala to introduce puppets into her teaching at JNV Mungeshpur School near Delhi and records the process on video.

The school takes first-generation learners from rural backgrounds and the use of puppets is proving a very effective way of helping them learn English.

Her video shows how the children work from an open-ended stimulus of images and traditional fables to create their own story on the theme of No War Any More.

They are helped in translating their stories by older students; they then create a puppet play using puppets they have made themselves.

In the discussion, consultant Adrienne Jones is joined by Uma, together with a teacher of geography and headteacher Prit Singh, to talk about the video project.

It shows that learning through puppets is enjoyable and effective for students, and points the way for more experiential learning and investigative work using video.

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