Making a ‘Play-text’: Innovative Uses of Traditional Arts

Bhattacharya, Rimli (2012) Making a ‘Play-text’: Innovative Uses of Traditional Arts. Language and Language Teaching, 1 (1). pp. 40-45. ISSN 2277-307X

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This paper explores the possibilities of reworking visual and oral traditions of the Indian subcontinent into new material that can become part of regular classroom practices at the primary level and beyond. We illustrate this from a series of ‘play-texts’that were designed, trialed and tested over a period of two years (2000-2002) in the West Bengal District Primary Education Programme (DPEP). The primary play-text discussed here is centered around the Behula-Lakhindar narrative popular in Bengal, Orissa and elsewhere. It is inspired by the traditions of the vertical pictorial scroll or the pata

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Bhattacharya, Rimli
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Language, Reading and writing, Language teaching, Language learning
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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Note: Published twice a year in January and July, Language and Language Teaching (LLT) reaches out to language teachers, researchers and teacher educators on issues and practices relevant to language teaching. The primary focus of the publication is language pedagogy in elementary schools. LLT proposes to establish a dialogue between theory and practice so that practice contributes to theory as much as theory informs practice. The purpose is to make new ideas and insights from research on language and its pedagogy accessible to practitioners while at the same time inform theorists about the constraints of implementation of new ideas.
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