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Reflection time... After attending a course at Pilgrims, in Canterbury, puppet will then help us to create a context to our Soares shares her introduce several topics. Students can get to know experience and reflections about the use of all about the puppet’s country and town of origin, puppets in the primary classroom. the food it eats, its likes and dislikes, its hobbies, colleague Fernanda its friends (preferably other animals), etc. Using Puppets in the ELT Classroom Bechler created a travel blog for her puppet Sally, which loves travelling to English speaking countries. The use of the travel blog will definitely At Pilgrims, in Canterbury, I attended the course enhance the students’ cultural background and “Methodology and English Language for Primary develop their cultural awareness as they will learn Teachers” and one of the themes we discussed new things about different countries. They will also was the use of puppets. have the opportunity to read about the puppet’s Puppets can be a remarkable resource in your adventures and write their own comments or ask classroom. You can make them using several questions on the blog entries, thus using the materials: paper bags, clothes pegs, gloves, English language in a real-world context. If mittens, socks, wooden spoons, fingers, etc. Or students go on holidays to an English-speaking you can be lucky enough to find one in a shop that country, they can take the puppet and take photos. you feel that it’s suitable for your lessons. The texts could be written afterwards with the help Children are mesmerized by these little friends. They can be really helpful to make shy students speak, because they are naturally curious and ask lots of questions (a great name for a puppet: Mr. Curious!) and make children laugh. You can also use them for classroom management: when students are misbehaving, the puppet amusingly reprimands them and gets them back on track! of their Teacher and classmates. And imagine students’ enthusiasm if you allowed them to take their little friend home for the weekend! In a different project, students could also go on a tour around the town with their puppet, take photos next to famous sights and share them with other students around the world. Learning with puppets can be great fun! Students don’t take it so personally, because it’s not their Teacher reprimanding them – it’s their References funny friend! Bechler, S. (2017). A travel blog for young learners. Humanizing Language Teaching, Year 19, Issue 4, August 2017. Available at http:// At Pilgrims, Sabrina Bechler – a German lecturer at the University of Paderborn, Germany – showed us how useful puppets can be and gave us great ideas to use in the classroom. When you bring the puppet to the classroom for the first time, why not create a bit of mystery and bring it inside a box so that students can try to guess what’s inside? Our Sally’s Blog. A kangaroo’s trip around the world. associated to the magazine Sally’s World, published by Oldenbourg. F ERNANDA S OARES | APPI MEMBER NO . B 7259 | A GRUP . E SCOLAS F RANCISCO SANCHES | B RAGA