These activities can help us learn languages and improve our communication skills
By Judith Vives
Everyone is clear on the importance of knowing English, but not everyone has the same ability to learn it.
Although there are no magic recipes, there are some tricks and tips to improve our English skills. For example, learning it through music and theatre.
To begin with, this is a much more entertaining and dynamic way to study English than traditional textbooks. In addition, these kinds of creative activities promote communicative and interpretive skills.
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Training in music and theatre tends to be much more innovative, personal and authentic, and with it, other kinds of more practical and useful skills can be developed.
Music and theatre build confidence and self-esteem. Music in particular helps to develop the mental abilities that enhance learning.
Most parents decide to enrol their children in English classes from an early age. However, in the current education system, training is based on teaching a set of grammatical and orthographic rules, without considering other capacities.
“Something is failing in the educational system, since they tend to achieve very basic levels. Most students dedicate time, money and effort to learning, but the root of the problem is the teaching methodology,” says Barry Lynam, of Trinity College London.
There are still few families that value more innovative teaching options to help children learn English.
Among them, music and theatre are very effective, because they contribute to developing other kinds of skills that are also necessary for expression in another language.
If basic language education is inadequate, it is difficult to reach a point of fluent understanding and speaking. With music and theatre, it is no longer just about studying, but about learning to communicate in a fun and entertaining way.
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At Trinity College London, they help English teaching through music and theatre, a methodology that already has many users in Spain.
«We encourage the teaching and learning of English through theatre, music and acting. It is learning that motivates children (and grown-up children) and develops their confidence and communication skills,” explains Lynam.
To guarantee a good follow-up, there is nothing better than evaluating the level of English achieved. Trinity College London exams also allow you to obtain internationally recognised certificates that accredit your level of English.