ERIC Number: ED077023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Using Creative Dramatics to Improve the English Language Skills of Mexican-American Students. Final Report.
Hendrickson, Richard H.; Gallegos, Frances S.
Recent findings in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics indicate that the primary aim of oral language instruction for speakers of nonstandard English should be to help students translate their latent English competence into effective performance in a wide range of styles and modes, rather than merely to teach forms of standard English. One proposed means of accomplishing this goal has been classroom dramatics, especially involving the simulation of real-life language situations. To test this approach for improving the English skills of Mexican-American students, a small scale experiment was conducted for ten weeks using creative dramatics with 58 second, sixth, and seventh grade students. Improvement in language skills in the experimental groups was evaluated in comparison with that of similar students in control groups. Videotape was extensively used in teaching, documenting the project activities, and assessing the results. The outcome, though not conclusive, suggests that creative dramatics promotes more effective use of English and may be adapted to conventional classrooms. (Author/DI)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Coll. - Sonoma, Rohnert Park.