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TASK 2 : Critical Review (25%


It is believed that an education rich in Arts maximises opportunities for learners to engage
with innovative thinkers and such education is vital to students’ success. The development of
critical thinking in primary school students can be enhanced through the process of
undertaking arts activities that enable them to make considered judgements about the world
around them. In an English language classroom too, the teachers should expose them with
suitable elements of art so that the students are aware and get benefits from them. Last 4 th
March, my classmates and I watched a live performance arts of Romeo and Juliet at the
Petaling Jaya Live Arts. The play was performed by a group of 4 actors from London, United
Kingdom who calls themselves the ‘Handlebards’. They are the big fans of Shakespeare and
they perform Shakespeare’s plays across the globe. The recent play was such a delight and
we really had a great time watching it. There are a lot of new things that I have learnt and
can be applied into my teaching when I start my career later.

As the play starts, the first element of arts that captured my heart was the music. The
introduction was just perfect; the narration of the story was accompanied by the slow music,
played by the actors. When the narrator started her narration, the music got softer as to
make sure the audience heard the narration but still, it sounded so harmonious. Each of
them played different musical instruments. The melody and rhythm of the music differed as
the play continued. The musical instruments did play important roles in the play. For
example, the actor ‘tapped’ the instrument which looked like a drum so hard, giving the
feelings of adrenaline rush when it was the scene of killing amongst the Montague and the
Capulet. In a Malaysian English language classroom too, teachers can apply this into their
teaching to attract the students’ attention. For example, when it gets noisy, teachers can use
many things around them in the class to make a sound as a signal for the students to pay
attention to them. Besides that, the popular balcony scene also proved us something. The
melody sounded so lovely during that romantic scene that the audience could not help but
got immersed into the acting. A meta-analysis by the American Psychological Association
showed how listening to music can result in progressive relaxation and increases greater
brain coherence (Malyarenko, 1996). Hermann (1989) also suggested that we can better
access the space beyond reason by developing our right brain capabilities. Thus, teachers
should integrate this element of music into their teaching so that it can be beneficial for

The concept of movement portrayed in the play could be seen clearly as each of the
actors knew the body awareness and the spatial awareness well. The staging was
performed on a quite small stage yet all the actors knew how, when and where to move from

The actors however knew how to conquer the stage well. increases students' ability to process and retain new material. . As for the ‘principles’ of design. Applying this concept in an English classroom teaches students how to interpret. this live performing arts really taught me a lot of new things and it was such a great experience to watch it. they opted for a blend of colours that built on texture for the props. For instance. the moon and the sun. 2012). criticize. creating a sense of unity. Teachers can ask students to move around at their place or stand and sit on their chair repeatedly for several times. Movement in learning is a teaching method based on the concept that humans learn better through movement. There will be no such thing as ‘impossible’. Knowledge about the visual arts is important in helping kids become smart consumers and navigate a world filled with marketing logos. Unity is the feeling of harmony between all parts of the work of art. I am very sure if the elements of arts are introduced. who should have the opportunity throughout a class period to move around to take "brain breaks" to refocus their attention so they can learn new material. humans can interpret information through many mediums including visual as humans are unique and have multiple intelligences. giving structure to their work made it come alive and gave it a more realistic. Students can learn during these brain breaks plus return to a task renewed and energized. Even when it was the balcony scene. It also can help train students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world. This play required ones to move a lot as there were a lot of challenging scenes such as the killing of Mercutio by Tybalt and the revengeful scene of Romeo killing Tybalt. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Even children with dyslexia were helped by a movement program. this teaching method can be applied to students. As what Gardner (2006) proposed. The ring that each one wore matched their colour of costume. it seemed so real even though the balcony and the ground were on the same level because of space limitedness. and applied into a Malaysian classroom. three-dimensional quality. and use visual place to another place. All of the actors wore a bell as a ring on their fingers which gave out a bright light. In the classroom. such as the balcony. which creates a sense of completeness (Mackay. To conclude. from head to toe. I fell in love with the props used and the costumes they wore. Brain research suggested that physical activity prior to class and during class. a study by Reynolds and colleagues (2003). and how to make choices based on it. students would really have a lot of fun in learning English and at the same time helping them to become better students with multiple intelligences. to achieve textural effects. Not only that. integrated.

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