ERIC Number: ED368214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Creating Drama with Poetry: Teaching English as a Second Language through Dramatization and Improvisation. ERIC Digest.
Gasparro, Marie; Falletta, Bernadette
The use of poetry as drama in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom enables students to explore the linguistic and conceptual aspects of the written text without concentrating on the mechanics of language. Students are able to develop a sense of awareness of self in the target culture through dramatic interpretations of the poems. Teachers using this technique need to consider poetry that matches their students' language skills, ages, and interests. Teachers also need to introduce ESL students to the background of the poetry selected, facilitate the comprehension of vocabulary, idioms, and cultural aspects, establish an acting workshop atmosphere, and create a student-participatory language learning experience. Four poems are discussed that students at different levels can dramatize: (1) "Love in Brooklyn" (John Wakeman); (2) "Why Did the Children Put Beans in Their Ears?" (Carl Sandburg); (3) "Woodpecker in Disguise" (Grace Taber Hallock); and (4) "Read This with Gestures" (John Ciardi). Contains 12 references. (MDM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Drama Workshops, Dramatics, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), FLES, Language Skills, Poetry, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.