June 23, 2013: Staci Ali & John Wolfgang Roberts "Drama in the EFL Classroom"

posted Jan 28, 2014, 7:28 PM by Hamamatsu JALT

JUNE 23rd, SUNDAY 1:30 - 4:00
Room 21 Create Hamamatsu
Title: Drama in the EFL Classroom
Staci Ali & John Wolfgang Roberts

This presentation demonstrated the benefits and difficulties of using drama in the Japanese EFL classroom and heorized upon theories of play (game), draw connections on the uses of playfulness and showed how drama utilized that playfulness to hone important communication skills in language learning. The presenters looked at how cultural factors deriving from tradition could inhibit students from actively participating in such educational silliness, and addressed those uncommunicative tendencies. They discussed the pros and cons to both abstract and structured approaches to drama in the EFL classroom via recordings and student feedback.