Last week, I had the opportunity to participate in a Speech & Drama Workshop in Petaling Jaya, to explore the Guild teaching and examination syllabus.
Admittedly, being an introvert, teaching speech and drama was not a subject that I gave a thought to, ever. Nevertheless, when this workshop session was made available to me, I told myself, why not?
I can still remember how my friend, Jenny, managed to capture the attention of the pupils when we visited their school at a Nepal village back in June. It wasn’t a perfect storytelling session but the children went along with the flow and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Would I be able to enthrall likewise?
During this workshop to explore the suitability of teaching speech and drama, participants were taught improvisations to get children interested in our lessons.
In every class, each minute has to be fully expended, hence a simple game can be beneficial to the kids, perhaps to improve their memory, or to teach them the advantages of team work, to build individualism, or even to boost a child’s self-esteem.
Speech & Drama is actually an important life skill that comes in handy throughout the course of life. It doesn’t mean that only those who pursue an acting career or a celebrity life should register for the classes, because it is essential to communicate confidently and effectively in everything that we do. Of course, the best time to start is at a young age.
Working with children is definitely not everybody’s cup of tea. However, the task is made easier as long as we bear in mind that each child is different and has his or her own individual character. Some children are extroverts, some are introverts. No matter how they are, they need to be taught in layers.
So, explored the syllabus I had. Despite that, I am still undecided about this particular career choice. Nonetheless, the workshop presented to me an insight into Speech & Drama. It is advantageous to everyone, not just children.
If you live in Ipoh, like me, you would be delighted to know that there will soon be a Speech & Drama course in town. I opine that everyone should sign up for it!
Stay tuned for details.
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