Dorothy M Hamilton
Dorothy M Hamilton

Dorothy M Hamilton was passionate about learning French from a very young age whilst at primary school. She kept this interest up all the way through school eventually achieving a degree in French from UEA.

Dorothy has been a French teacher for 28 years initially teaching Secondary pupils and for the last ten years younger pupils aged 5-11. She spent a year teaching French in North Carolina, USA from 1990-91. This was her first experience of teaching younger pupils and it was highly enjoyable. Dorothy was also able to see what an incredible level of performance was possible in such young pupils.

Since working with younger pupils, Dorothy has been convinced of the power of getting children to perform in French as a learning tool. There weren’t any suitable scripts of well-known stories available at the time, so she started writing her own about eight years ago. Initially, the plays were faithful to the original story, but over the years, Dorothy started changing them to fit in with a chosen linguistic topic and include as much humour as possible. Dorothy has loved the challenge of doing this and the children love performing in the plays. The long-term benefit for them in terms of their language learning is huge. The audience reaction to them among her colleagues and parents of the children has been very positive over the years.

Dorothy's pupils were invited to perform Cendrillon to a group of about 40 MFL teachers and leading figures in Education in June 2015. The play was very well-received with compliments to the pupils on their performance and pronunciation. There was a lot of interest in the script from the teachers in the audience and Dorothy was encouraged to get her scripts published and available to a wider audience. You can find all Dorothy's plays in Fun French Fairy Tale Plays.