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

Thursday, 12 December 2019, 6 – 7pm

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).

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.

Erika Piazzoli is a lecturer in Arts Education at Trinity College Dublin, where she teaches on the Master's programme in Language Education and Drama in Education. Her latest book, Embodying Language in Action: The Artistry of Process Drama in Second Language Education (Springer/MacMillan) discusses performative language practice, theory and research. Her research interests include process drama, language teacher education, identity, foreign language anxiety and embodied learning.

Accessibility: Yes
Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Event Type: Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Dr Erika Piazzoli

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