'Language is Drama'

If the world is a stage, then our conversations narrate the story of our daily lives.

This dependency on theatre and drama is a popular teaching method often adopted by specialists in this field; and journalist Samar Al Mashta is no exception.

The Iraqi national founded the Arabrama project, a unique method of teaching Arabic that uses real-life situations to help new generations master the language, despite a growing dependency on English in school curriculum.

Samar hit upon the idea to simplify the process of learning Arabic after she noticed that her son Ali was facing difficulties holding a conversation in his native language, largely due to his dependency on English.

The young mother decided bridge the gap between the historic language and real life, as she searched for ways to incorporate Arabic into a daily setting with the help of drama.

Through the Arabrama project, Samar began distributing theatre scripts to children, who were later able to stage a full play in Arabic at the end of their lessons.

She says that parents should set goals whereby their children can learn to converse in Arabic, without stressing about grammar.

Samar adds: ‘The ultimate goal is to use theatre as a means to give a child the courage to speak in Arabic at home.’

 

Dubai Post

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