Puppetry in Practice

English Language Learning

For over 30 years PIP has excelled in the field of English language development for limited english proficient (LEP) students. Through the use of puppetry and the arts, PIP aims to promote better speaking, reading, writing and comprehension of the English language. For LEP students, using a puppet helps students communicate more freely in English with less concern of failure or embarrassment because it is the puppet that is doing the talking. We regularly see shy students transform into lively, talkative and responsive puppeteers.

21st century learning skills and  projects that involve problem-solving and critical thinking are not language dependent in an arts-centered classroom. The decision making and problem solving skills needed to design and create puppets and stages engage a child's critical thinking abilities and foster coomunication on many levels.  Determining a character's mood, relationships and history combined with designing sets and props to situate the puppet in places real or imaginary, are part of the process.  Puppetry is a performing art and once a child has created a puppet character, the puppet seems to develops a voice of its own.

PIP's projects allow students to develop their language skills while simultaneously expanding other essential social, career and life skills through writing, creating and performing puppet shows. creating storyboards and playbills, and organizing festvals.  Each aspect of the project involves a wide range of activities and promotes language.

Toy Theater performances aid in the development of vocabulary and conversational skills through interaction between students in the planning and preparation stages. Live performances create a more playful environment in which LEP students can express themselves using the freedom of puppetry and performance.

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