Learner autonomy and applied theatre in the ESL classroom

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Presentation Date
Thu, September 06, 1:30 pm
Final Time
2:00 pm
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Presentation Format
Short paper (30 minutes)
Presenter Details
Andrew Eglinton (Konan Women's University)
As part of a university course on contemporary media cultures, I adapted Augusto Boal's 1970s "Newspaper Theatre" model as a simple framework for learner autonomy in the acquisition of language and media literacy skills. Students used the model to deconstruct "official" news stories, and edit and perform their own "living newspapers." Drawing on literature from drama and language learning, and using examples of student work, this presentation examines the relationship between applied theatre and learner autonomy in the EFL classroom in exploring what insights into the function and meaning of learner autonomy can be gained from applied theatre activities.
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