Niko Euba, Lecturer, German Dept
Anna Bellezza, Lecturer, Italian Studies
Performative Competence in Language Teaching: A Practical Workshop
Living in highly performative and connected societies, an important goal of foreign language education is to develop not only students’ communicative but also their symbolic competencies, helping them to become self-aware, reflective ‘performers on the world stage’. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to Drama Pedagogy and its role in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning and let them experience first-hand of how working with poetic and dramatic texts in a foreign language can develop and raise ‘performative competence’ for teachers and students.
The first part of the workshop will include a theoretical introduction and short live performances by student groups to demonstrate the concept and its result. Working backwards, we will discuss how students got to that point by providing practical examples of improvisational activities used to “unchain” students’ imagination and creativity, which will be followed by a presentation of the initial process to read, analyze, and interpret dramatic and poetic texts in order to prepare them for performance. In the second part of the workshop, participants will apply the insights gained by working in groups to develop and present their own text-based performances. In conclusion, there will be ample time for reflection, discussion and feedback, an integral component of such a performance-based teaching approach.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
3:30 – 5:30 pm
B-4 Dwinelle Hall