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Second Language Learning through Drama
Practical Techniques and Applications

Edited By

Joe Winston

ISBN 9780415597791
Published September 20, 2011 by Routledge
168 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Drama is increasingly being recognised as a valuable pedagogy for language learning as it can harness children‘s imaginations and stimulate their desire to communicate. Second Learning Language through Drama draws on current theories of additional and foreign language learning and illustrates through practical case studies how drama can be used to support the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Drawing on the work of an international group of practitioners who are all highly experienced in using drama for the purpose of second language learning, the book clearly explains key drama conventions and strategies and outlines the innovative ways they have been used to create enjoyable and stimulating classroom activities that allow for multiple ways of learning.

Throughout the book the emphasis is on making language learning accessible and relevant to children and young people through creative, physically active and playful approaches. The strategies described are all highly flexible and readily adaptable to different teaching contexts. Specific themes include:

  • Using stories and drama to motivate learners at all levels
  • Drama, language learning and identity
  • Assessment opportunities through process drama
  • Issues of language learning and cultural empowerment
  • Digital storytelling
  • Film & drama aesthetics

Second Language Learning through Drama will be of great interest to those studying on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and will serve as a highly valuable text to practitioners looking to incorporate the approaches described into their lessons and classroom activities.

Table of Contents

           Introduction: Second and Additional Language Learning through Drama

           Joe Winston

  1. ‘Dramatic’ Language Learning in the Classroom
  2. Li-Yu (Sabina) Chang

  3. Using Stories and Drama to teach English as a Foreign Language at Primary Level
  4. Li-Yu (Sabina) Chang and Joe Winston

  5. Theatre, Language Learning and Identity (1): empowering additional language learners through theatre in education
  6. Deborah Hull

  7. Theatre, Language Learning and Identity (2): empowering additional language learners through classroom drama projects
  8. Erene Palechorou and Joe Winston

  9. Drama and languages education: authentic assessment through process drama
  10. Julia Rothwell

  11. Accessing traditional tales: The Legend of Bukit Merah
  12. Madonna Stinson

  13. Insights from a drama/EAL classroom: Using drama with English language learners in a Canadian high school
  14. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou

  15. Using drama to enrich School Based Assessment in the Hong Kong secondary school English language classroom
  16. Tanya Kempston

  17. Second language learning and cultural empowerment: teaching Shakespeare in Taiwan
  18. Yi-Mei (Astrid) Cheng and Joe Winston

  19. Digital storytelling, drama and second language learning
  20. Kirsty McGeoch

  21. Film & drama aesthetics for Additional Language teaching

          Erika C. Piazzoli

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Joe Winston is Professor of Drama and Arts Education at the University of Warwick. He previously taught French as well as drama at primary and secondary level. His previous publications include Beginning Drama 4–11 (with Miles Tandy, Fulton, 2008), Drama and English at the Heart of the Primary Curriculum (Fulton, 2004) and Drama, Literacy and Moral Education (Fulton, 2000).