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A short note on the use of mask for language teaching

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A short note on the use of mask for language teaching in primary grades

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A short note on the use of mask for language teaching

  1. 1. A short note on the use of masks for language teaching Lalit Kishore, CULP, Jaipur The use of masks is a universal cultural phenomenon and more so in tribal cultures. It continues to an important part of contemporary culture which can be used for classroom instruction for language and social sciences to develop various skills of students along with engaging them in content learning in an interesting way. The mask can be seen as a physical manifestation of human desire to personify, imitate and dramatize, emote and create humour. When linked to content learning in a meaningful way, it can lead to higher order thinking, effective and substantive communication. The use of mask as a learning support tool can develops physical, vocal, communicative and collaborative skills. For a teacher, the use of masks improves his or her professional presentational skill to communicate with and engage students with interest and attention as well as make learning a celebration of life My experience of working with primary grades students and teachers informs that simple paper-bag and paper-plate masks should be used effectively in grades two and three while finger puppets, stick puppets and glove-puppets go well with grade one and pre-school children. The inset picture shows the teachers of Maa-Bari Centres of Rajasthan tribal regions being trained by CULP in making and using paper plate masks through a four-step process of demonstration, designing, making, and using. The display of masks in the classroom creates a colourful and cheerful learning environment; it has been observed and reported.

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