ERIC Number: ED285421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Using Plays Proficiently in the Foreign Language Class.
Purcell, John M.
The inclusion of plays in the foreign language curriculum can result in some of the most rewarding literary experiences for students. Using plays proficiently in the classroom can be much enhanced if the play is carefully chosen to suit the students' abilities, interests, and level of maturity. Pertinent cultural and historical background, adequate linguistic preparation, and the preparation of diagrams of the stage settings establish a solid basis for critiquing the play and discussing characterization, setting, plot, and literary devices. A pleasurable concluding activity can be some form of dramatization, either in class or, more ambitiously, for an outside audience. Students will benefit greatly from the experience by acquiring not only more proficiency in the target language but also a deeper appreciation of the many possibilities to be found in drama. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Birckbichler, Diane W., Ed. Proficiency, Policy, and Professionalism in Foreign Language Education. Selected Papers from the 1987 Central States Conference; see FL 016 895.