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ERIC Number: EJ827370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
The Role of Theatre in a Beginners French Program
Staddon, Sally
Babel, v42 n1 p30-37, 39 Jun 2007
In 2004, in response to the need to revise oral practice and assessment in the second semester of Beginners French at Monash University, an eight-week group-based theatre project was developed and trialled. A specially adapted version of Tardieu's absurdist play "Le Guichet" was used to give students the opportunity to focus on oral production, particularly the sounds, rhythms, and gestures of the language. Each week students were provided with a page of script which they worked on for 30 minutes in class. Memorisation and final rehearsals took place outside the class. The script enabled students to concentrate on meaningful error-free communication without losing momentum and naturalness in the struggle for grammatical accuracy. The play's humour, short length, and accessibility, together with tutor and peer-group support, enabled students to perform the ten-minute production to a generally high standard and with clear benefit to their oral production skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem. (Contains 2 tables.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia