Title

Parliamo Italiano: Drama and Italian Language Acquisition among University Students

Type of Proposal

Visual Presentation (Poster, Installation, Demonstration)

Start Date

22-3-2018 2:30 PM

End Date

22-3-2018 4:30 PM

Location

Atrium

Faculty

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Faculty Sponsor

Michelle MacArthur

Abstract/Description of Original Work

As communities across Canada are becoming increasingly diverse and multilingual there is a growing need for progressive approaches to language acquisition. Language learners often experience immense feelings of shame and foreign language anxiety which presents challenges within the learning process. (Bordreault 2010, Sağlamel and Kayaoğlu 2013, and Jordan 2015) Drama has proved itself as a medium with which participants can express themselves in a manner that is not accessible otherwise and therefore, its potential in language-learning environments is extremely promising. (Brown 2008, Dervishai 2009, Ntelioglou 2011, and Stinson and Winston 2015) The question that we are exploring is: How does drama impact language learners’ abilities and confidence in speaking and understanding a foreign language? To answer this question, in the month of March, we will facilitate four 1-hour workshops over the course of one week with first year Italian language students at the University of Windsor. Using critical drama practices learned from the Drama in Education & Community program at the university, we will lead participants in drama activities that will be facilitated and experienced solely in Italian. Over the course of the study, we will be using reflective praxis, observation, and questionnaire research methodologies to measure potential changes in the participant’s abilities and attitudes towards speaking a foreign language. We hypothesize that the subjects of this study will show increased confidence and ability when interacting with the Italian language. We hope that our findings will benefit the growing body of research surrounding language acquisition and inform future practices in the classroom as the student body continues to grow into a diverse and multilingual community.

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Parliamo Italiano: Drama and Italian Language Acquisition among University Students

Atrium

As communities across Canada are becoming increasingly diverse and multilingual there is a growing need for progressive approaches to language acquisition. Language learners often experience immense feelings of shame and foreign language anxiety which presents challenges within the learning process. (Bordreault 2010, Sağlamel and Kayaoğlu 2013, and Jordan 2015) Drama has proved itself as a medium with which participants can express themselves in a manner that is not accessible otherwise and therefore, its potential in language-learning environments is extremely promising. (Brown 2008, Dervishai 2009, Ntelioglou 2011, and Stinson and Winston 2015) The question that we are exploring is: How does drama impact language learners’ abilities and confidence in speaking and understanding a foreign language? To answer this question, in the month of March, we will facilitate four 1-hour workshops over the course of one week with first year Italian language students at the University of Windsor. Using critical drama practices learned from the Drama in Education & Community program at the university, we will lead participants in drama activities that will be facilitated and experienced solely in Italian. Over the course of the study, we will be using reflective praxis, observation, and questionnaire research methodologies to measure potential changes in the participant’s abilities and attitudes towards speaking a foreign language. We hypothesize that the subjects of this study will show increased confidence and ability when interacting with the Italian language. We hope that our findings will benefit the growing body of research surrounding language acquisition and inform future practices in the classroom as the student body continues to grow into a diverse and multilingual community.