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38 The Teacher  1 (155) 2018 Young Learners Trevor Hill Trev Hill is a performer, writer, teacher and workshop leader. As well as a traditional English language teacher he also works with songs, puppetry and theatre. He has worked with international students (both children and adults), summer schools and therapy groups in Poland, the Balkans and UK. A graduate of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Queen’s Belfast, he now lives in Olsztyn, Poland.              Shadow puppetry: tips and warnings Trevor Hill M y previous articles explored how shadow puppetry might be a useful activity to use with students generally and language students in particular. At the end of my second article, I pointed out that there were a number of websites or books which dealt with the technicalities of making puppets and a theatre. Most of these contain the same information, so I felt it unnecessary to repeat the same things. This article is going to assume the reader has a basic idea of how to make the figures (if you do not, hurry up and read something about it) and focus more on tips and warnings about the process which can save you some headaches and give you new ideas. Producing the puppets The most important thing to consider in your project is the kind of puppets you wish to use. As I have mentioned before, there are a number of ways of using shadows. The figures can be still pictures, as seen in my production of The Christmas Truce , or they can be moving figures with jointed parts, for example, to make the arms and legs move separately.

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