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Language Matters: Is the Drama Worth It?

Experiences With Drama-Based Pedagogy with Donohue-Bergeler, Lauren Goulet, and Dakota Hanka

Mon, November 14, 2016 | UNB 3.128 — Union Sinclair Suite

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In this Language Matters talk, the presenters will demonstrate drama-based pedagogy and discuss empirically researched implications for foreign language instructors and students. Drama-based pedagogy is a collection of engaging activities and reflective practices that draws from learning theory. This pedagogy aligns well with the goal of the undergraduate foreign language curriculum to develop translingual and transcultural global citizens. At UT, many beginning and intermediate foreign language courses are taught by graduate student instructors (GSIs). Ms. Donohue-Bergeler looks at teaching development as an essential element of doctoral student training, and thus explore how nine GSIs teaching German responded to and adopted this innovative teaching practice after a semester-long intervention. Initial qualitative analysis revealed three categories of adoption and one rejection of the pedagogy. Through data analysis and reflection, the presenters consider how the integration of drama-based pedagogy positively affected the classroom dynamic and our own experiences in a beginner German course. In particular, LGBTQ students found an inclusive environment and began integrating queerness into their language use.

Join us for coffee, tea, and great discussions!

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