ERIC Number: ED102857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Role-Playing as a Method of Teaching Civilization.
Corbin, Diane H.
This paper describes how role-playing was used in a French culture and civilization class at Eastern Washington State College. The class was conducted entirely in French, and each class member read the same material for each day. L. Wylie's "Les Francais" was used as the class text, and "Comment vivent les Francais" by Girod and Grand-Clement was used as supplementary material. The students' first task was to select a French character from a list of 15 possibilities. They had to spend the entire quarter learning everything about their character and had to be that character in class disscussions and for examinations. Each student studied his or her character's city, region, and background. Class discussions basically followed the structure of the textbook and focused on each character's lifestyle, political views, and religious beliefs. The students kept a notebook throughout the course, and there was a required entry for each class period: questions from the textbook, questions based on the reading, and questions requiring them to extrapolate from their reading. Another part of the notebook was a section for personal reactions to reading or class discussion. Student evaluations completed at the end of the quarter indicated a favorable reaction to the course. (PMP)
Descriptors: Course Descriptions, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, French, Higher Education, Language Instruction, Role Playing, Second Language Learning, Speeches
Not Available Separately; See FL 006 790
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: For related documents, see FL 006 790 and FL 006 690-716; Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the PNCFL (25th, Spokane, Washington, 1974)