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Performative Language Teaching and Process Drama: Research, Theory and Practice

A talk by Dr Erika Piazzoli (TCD) organised by the School of Education in association with the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) takes place on Thursday 12th December 2019.

Language as performance. Social behaviour as performance. Dramatic form as performance. As an interdisciplinary genre, 'performative language teaching' embraces the concepts of performance in linguistics, performance studies and aesthetic theory. Within performative language teaching, process drama differs from scripted theatre as it has no external audience and does not build towards a final show. Rather, it aims to engage the participants (language learners) in an aesthetic and intercultural experience that follows a cycle of experience, action and reflection. It is based on the premise that all teaching can be seen as an art form and that, conversely, performative teaching implies artistry. If so, what does this artistry involve when teaching a foreign language? This seminar explores performative language research, theory and practice, focusing on contemporary studies in the field.

Date | Thursday 12th December

Venue | Trinity Long Room Hub

Time | 6.00 - 7.00pm