ERIC Number: ED219931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Play's the Thing: The Use of Theatre in Language Learning.
Studies in Language Learning, v3 n2 p35-41 Fall 1981
Play-acting is a natural human instinct; role-playing, disguising, game-playing are all favorite activities for people of all ages. In a foreign language course, dramatization is especially appropriate and can be used in many ways both in class and as an extra-curricular or supplementary activity. Much language learning occurs during the preparation of a dramatic performance; while memorizing a part students acquire vocabulary, idioms, expressions, correct pronunciation, rhythm, sentence melody, and connotative associations. Dramatic activities can be simple, such as construction and performance of original dialogues, and dramatization of some well-known stories. They can become more complex with time, and activities such as a radio play or a dramatic or staged reading can be undertaken. From this, students can make the transition to a full-fledged theatrical production. In any production the entire class should take part because the object of the activity is language learning. Preparing such a performance takes a great deal of time, but it brings rewarding results, both in language learning and public relations. A selected bibliography on German plays and play production is appended. (AMH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Creative Dramatics, Drama, Enrichment Activities, German, Higher Education, Learning Activities, Readers Theater, Role Playing, Second Language Instruction, Skits
Not available separately; see FL 013 032.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Language Learning Lab.