Spielraum: Teaching German through Theater is a sourcebook and guide for teaching German language and culture, as well as social, cross-cultural, and multi-ethnic tensions, through dramatic texts. This book presents a range of theoretical and practical resources for the growing number of teachers who wish to integrate drama and theater into their foreign-language curriculum. As such, it may be adopted as a flexible tool for teachers seeking ways to reinvigorate their language classrooms through drama pedagogy; to connect language study to the study of literature and culture; to inspire curricular rejuvenation; or to embark on full-scale theater productions.
Focusing on specific dramatic works from the rich German-speaking tradition, each chapter introduces unique approaches to a play, theme, and genre, while also taking into account practical issues of performance.
Table of Contents
1. Schauspiel: Teaching German through Gestures
2. Trauerspiel: Teaching Tragedy
3. Lustspiel: Teaching Comedy
4. Zwischenspiel: Teaching Tragicomedy
5. Sprachspiel: Teaching Kabarett
6. Hörspiel: Teaching the Radio Play
7. Endspiel: Teaching Contemporary Transcultural Theater
Lisa Parkes is a senior lecturer and Director of the German Language Program at Harvard University.