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ERIC Number: ED226576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Minimal-Context Dramatizations in the Foreign Language Classroom: An Approach to Elementary German.
Lide, Barbara; Lide, Francis
Guidelines and examples for using dramatization to teach elementary German are presented. Dramatization can be used productively as an aid to learning even at the very beginning of a course or in an academic environment that is hostile to innovation. In order to learn an utterance in a foreign language, the students must be able to project their imaginations into a situation that calls for such an utterance. Before many of the basics of surface structure are learned, simple exchanges between strangers that involve only a few words can be dramatized. Simple classroom situations can be dramatized by using vivid expressions, all of which must be taught with the appropriate intonations, emphases, and gestures. This allows the learners to imagine the context for the exchanges. Textbook exercises can be milked for their dramatic potential by adding gestures, expressions, and intonations to the dialogs, or they can be replaced by more realistic or earthier situations. Vivid dramatizations are especially important to illustrate a point of grammar that is sharply constrastive to English by promoting empathy with the way the point of grammar works psychologically. (RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association (December 1982).