ERIC Number: ED103936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Writing Bilingual Plays for Children.
Jacoby, Gordon A.
There is a great need for bilingual/bicultural education, especially for Spanish-speaking students, who now number approximately three million in United States elementary and secondary schools. One educational experience for such students has been the presentation of bilingual plays in several of the New York City schools. Beginning with a play in English with Spanish dialogue interpolated in places appropriate to the action, the productions moved on to an original rock musical for children, "What's Happenin', Man?" with a predominately Puerto Rican and black cast. Another original play, a Latin/rock musical titled "A Donde Vas?" with a theme loosely adapted from "Everyman," is to be performed in 1975. In these plays, it is essential that bilingual children be able to identify with their unique heritage through characters, situations, dialogue, and acting which are authentic to their culture. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (Minneapolis, August, 1974); Limited amount of text may not reproduce clearly