ERIC Number: ED259573
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Theatre as a Tool in the Language Classroom: Let's Play, Motivate and Learn!
Davis, Michele S.
OMLTA Journal, p28-33 1985
Dramatic activities, tasks that unite language learning with bodily movements, voice intonation, emotion, and imagination, may be eased into the traditional classroom structure to enrich and enhance the intellectual aspects of language learning and to motivate students. These activities can be modified to meet the needs and difficulty levels of any class. In one activity, students choose an adjective written on a slip of paper from a hat and act it out for the class using facial expressions, gestures, and sounds. A verb exercise uses twenty-questions or charade techniques. In a noun exercise, students could describe or write a dialog about a person owning the object in a question, or the object could be used to discuss cultural differences. A street corner scene stressing character development can be used for a skit, and impromptu monologs on topics drawn from a hat can be produced. Simple exercises such as these can be brief, imaginative, interesting, and distracting from classroom routines. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For related documents, see FL 015 131-139.