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ERIC Number: ED112667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Play Production as a Medium for Learning Spoken Chinese.
Hsu, Vivian
This paper reports on an experiment carried out by the Chinese language program at Oberlin College to use play production as a means of teaching spoken Chinese. The experiment was inspired by the fact that teaching spoken Chinese cannot be solved by traditional classroom methods, particularly at the intermediate level. The lack of texts, the inadequacy of existing texts, the low morale of intermediate students and the difficulty in creating native environment for learning Chinese are factors that justify the use of play production. Play production puts dialogues into a situation that simulates life, the project itself providing an environment which requires verbal communication and mutual cooperation. The tedium and boredom of language learning can be avoided, and the promise of recognition creates a further incentive. But to carry out such a project, one must first obtain a suitable play, by simplifying an existing one, adapting a short story or writing an original play. Once a play is obtained, one must assemble a staff capable of directing the production and get the cooperation of the students. The next steps involve familiarizing the students with the text through discussion, assigning and learning roles, rehearsals and performance. Each of these steps is discussed with specific reference to the Oberlin experience. (CLK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast Conference (June 20, 1975)