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ERIC Number: ED316049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Every Classroom's a Stage: Theatrical Contributions to Language and Literature Teaching.
Waterson, Karolyn
A discussion of use of theater in second language instruction describes one teacher's experience using French masterpieces in the language class. Illustrations are drawn from Racine's seventeenth-century classical tragedy "Andromaque." Five individual and group activities are described that are referred to as the Circle, the Interpreter, the Prompter, the Matchbox, and Human Geometry. The Circle begins as the collective exploration of a text, with the group gradually increasing its intellectual and linguistic mastery of the text. The exercise concludes with students contributing different interpretations of phrases or passages. In the Interpreter, one student reads a passage and another interprets it to the first student. The Prompter requires that some students prompt other students in performance for an imaginary audience. The latter two exercises facilitate mastery of syntactically difficult material. The Matchbox begins with the emptying of a matchbox onto the classroom floor or a table, then breaking a syntactically complex passage into as many units as is reasonable. At the end of each unit, a match is returned to the box. This activity helps students forget the complexity of a passage and focus on manageable units that reveal its basic structure. In Human Geometry, students and/or instructor choreograph intricate passages. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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