Learner-created drama is a wonderful way of bringing learner-centred and teamwork-focused creativity into the language curriculum.
(Above) A keynote presentation at the Using Drama in Language Learning Workshop at SOAS University of London on 13 November 2009. It describes the use of drama to increase learners’ language outcomes, the process of creating drama pieces in the classroom, and how the process helps learners develop a variety of language and cultural skills.
Drama is one part of a Performance Approach, in which learners collaborate intensively in the multicultural classroom. Video also plays a role in developing and documenting these performances – see the example below.
(Above) At Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japanese students perform their self-written drama. These are all second year students of Chinese as a second language. Note: the students have given permission for this video to appear, but they wish to remain anonymous.