Speech and drama and the age of communication

Its half way through the first term of the New Year and I am once again left confused….There have been very few new inquiries for Speech and Drama classes, and the few that I have had have remained as just an inquiry

With the rise of usage of devices and social media it astounds me that the idea of improving your child’s communication skills seem to be low on the order of extracurricular activities.

I recon it falls under the last item on the list. SADLY!

Or is it that we have all become so engrossed in our bubble that is a cell phone/ tablets that we now believe communication is WHATSAPP and a thumbs up here and there??

Has shortened words and one word answers become the order of the day?

My thinking is what will be left of human interaction – you know the real interaction where you talk and listen…and maybe feel in 25 to 30 years’ time.

Will we eventually communicate solely in text format? and will we even ever speak? Or listen. Will movies regress to Charlie Chaplin style mime movies with just music?

Where has the need to communicate gone? Ask yourself: when last as a family or couple were devices banned from the dinner table and everyone just chatted (or fought) around the table?

The progression of communication

Most importantly I think of how communication progressed from rock drawings to dances around the fire place to stories about a hunt. To plays taken from town to town to the written word in print to movies and radio but the one thing that stays constant is the need to TELL A STORY. TO SHARE in some form or way an experience with the people around us. It is a way to pass on information and to listen, to feel compassion and understanding of what the other person has experienced.

Sharing stories, talking and singing every day helps your child’s development in lots of ways states Raising Children.net. They continue by saying:


Reading and sharing stories can:

  • help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills
  • learn to value books and stories
  • spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity
  • help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop
  • help your child learn the difference between ‘real’ and ‘make-believe’
  • your child will understand change and new or frightening events, and also the strong emotions that can go along with them.

Sharing stories with your child doesn’t mean you have to read.

Just by looking at books with your child, you can be a great storyteller and a good model for using language and books. Your child will learn by watching you hold a book the right way and seeing how you move through the book by gently turning the pages.

Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship.

I just want to teach children and adults to tell a stories again – to share – to listen and to feel – be compassionate and make contact with an audience another member of society not through the airwaves but in the flesh.

What does Speech and drama really do?

It helps with speech correction and pronunciation. By learning how voice is produced. Practising vowel and consonant sounds, exercising your organs of speech. And maybe in between a few acting classes get thrown in here and there.

Myths about speech and drama

In today’s society it is not elocution… besides no one leaves my classes speaking like they are off to tea with the queen. But they leave being able to communicate. They leave with confidence to converse with people and an added bonus they learn to be confident on a stage. They learn how to use their bodies to communicate well.

You do not have to be an actor to participate in speech and drama.

Participating in speech and drama can open up many career fields: lawyer, linguistics, presenter, trainer, teacher and the list goes on and on….

Because basically in pretty much every career you need to be able to express yourself and communicate with peers, clients or your boss. Even a vet has to communicate in some form to his patients.

Therefore when your child leaves school give them the opportunity to be brave and confident to walk into any career field…nail the interview because they know what proper communication is all about!

Click on Speech and drama for children on my page for more information: http://soundasgood.co.za