Speech & Drama
Created by Parentune Support Updated on Apr 25, 2012
Children are always curious about what happens around them. They are full of energy and never tire out and cease to try newer arenas of activity. A very good way to channelize their energy is to motivate them into doing something creative. Something from which they can learn and at the same time be praised for giving their own inputs. Drama , I have found is an excellent option here. To have good acting skills , it is highly important to realize the depth of voice modulation, and here comes in the vital part of speech.
I distinctively remember when my 8 year old son came home with a very serious and grave problem of staging a "role-play competition". He was not sure which character to play , as it was barely a show of five minutes. After reading the script , I tried to explain all the characters and their importance to him. Somehow all were appealing to him but none to me.Then I had an idea, why can't he play the role of the narrator, because that had all the potential of taking the drama from the start to the climax, true it would not feature him as an actor but he would be omnipresent throughout, and I tried to convince him. Children, as they are, are difficult to satisfy with the results, they need the action! Being an obedient child , he gave his consent and everyday we used to have a session of about fifteen minutes , to make him understand the importance of the "sutradhar". Finally the narrator was ready , and yes , I liked what I saw.
On the day of the competition, I was in two minds, wondering whether I had done the right thing, you know how it is. A little pensive , I landed in school to collect my son. His class teacher greeted me with a broad grin, she was elated to see my son's performance, rather hear my son's oration. She said he had received a special prize for his part , since his voice over had given the drama , a different level, and all the judges were in praise of him , since he had taken a big responsibility to bring about the essence of the story , standing in the wings. I felt so proud, that he alone, without my virtual help, achieved what he wanted and won the accolades, entirely to his credit.
As a mother , I have always tried to make him realize the importance of talking well, and understanding the mood and most important the modulation and pronunciation. Nowadays , unlike our childhood, most of the English words are pronounced as per American diction, as opposed to British accent. It creates a lot of confusion if both are mixed.
It is important to introduce the child to a correct pattern and correct accent of speech. Children are always eager to do something new and their minds are restless , so it is important to provoke their creativity and channelize their enthusiasm into some experience that is knowledgeable and satisfying.
| Jun 17, 2015
Very aptly conveyed Anindita... Diction snd pronunciation, apart from knowinv grammar.. is an essential part of language and which is very specific... Your effort is praise worthy and congratulations for that special prize... I have come across an issue.... children not being taught proper pronunciation at schools.. yes.. im talking about english medium schools.... and something taught at home gets jumbled up creating confusion in the mind of a child... very well written article... thanks