ERIC Number: ED238284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Element of Drama in Strategic Interaction.
Di Pietro, Robert J.
The strategic interaction method is based on the principle that dramatic tension is the essential ingredient in second language learning, but unlike the drama built on audience spectatorship, classroom drama builds within each student involved in the interaction. Students take scenarios, thematically cohesive events, and create their own dialog as they go along. There are at least two interacting roles in each scenario (for instance, a hotel clerk and guest). Students rehearse the scenario in groups, with the teacher acting as consultant and coach. One student from each group is then selected for each role. A post-performance debriefing allows discussion of the dialog generated. Subsequent performance by another group may produce an altogether different dialog. Several issues in second language acquisition emerge from this method: Can interactions be graded in degrees of complexity? What relationship exists between gestural and verbal communication? and Is there a correlation between success in dramatic interaction and the Foreign Service Institute's proficiency levels? (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Foreign Service Institute DC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association (100th, New York, NY, December 27-30, 1983).