ERIC Number: ED382026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Drama in the Languages Classroom. Pathfinder 19. A CILT Series for Language Teachers.
Hamilton, Judith; McLeod, Anne
A discussion of drama as a method for second language instruction looks at rationale, requirements, techniques, and classroom procedures. The first chapter examines the connections between drama and language learning, and proposes that drama can be useful with any teaching style. Issues discussed here include encouragement of pupil talk, support of individual development, student ability level, and the role of drama in Britain's National Curriculum. In the second chapter, popular misconceptions about drama activities in the classroom are examined briefly. Chapter 3 describes specific basic classroom drama activities: memory games; circular conversations; circular stories; a task-relaying game; question-answering games; movement games; word games; circle or chain activities; rhythm exercises; mime; and guessing games. Two case studies in which simulation, improvisation, and role-playing were essential elements are reported in the fourth chapter, and in the final section, practical hints are offered for the teacher using drama activities for the first time. Contains 15 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Drama, Foreign Countries, Improvisation, Instructional Design, Role Playing, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Simulation, Teaching Methods
Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, 20 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4LB, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain