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ERIC Number: ED594864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-May-6
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Process Drama and Theatre in the Learning of Italian. The Case of 'I Promessi sposi di Birmingham, un "romanzo criminale"'
Di Maio, Fabrizio
This paper illustrates the use of two language-teaching and learning methods (process drama and theatre) in a class of Italian. Process drama is based on improvisation, over-identification, and dramatisation from a short set of coordinates that students can read just a few minutes before the activity that will be later performed in class (see Dunn, 2016; Giebert, 2014; Hulse & Owens, 2017; Jun, 2001; Kao & O'Neill, 1998; O'Neill, 1995; Piazzoli, 2010; Pirola, 2011). Theatre, on the contrary, is based on a script; it involves actors, a director, costumes, set, props, and an audience (see, Fonio, 2012; Guerra & Militello, 2011; Marini-Maio & Ryan-Scheutz, 2010). These methods promote different learning experiences and through reflection on my teaching experience I demonstrate how both process drama and theatre can enrich the student experience and foster a creative and imaginative use of the foreign language in and outside the classroom. [For the complete volume, "Innovative Language Teaching and Learning at University: A Look at New Trends," see ED594807.] La Grange des Noyes, 25110 Voillans, France. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Birmingham)