Character Development for Meaningful Communication

JALT Group: 
Event Speaker: 
Aya Kawakami
Fee for JALT members: 
Free
Fee for non-JALT members: 
1,000 yen
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Role-plays, sample dialogues, and free conversation are staples of EFL classroom activities. What can we, as teachers, do to create more diversity and breathe more life into such tasks? One possible solution is to incorporate some basic drama techniques, many of which focus on character development. Through creating background stories for characters and their relationships, students can embody the characters better. This allows them to explore more varied power relationships, emotions, motivations, physicality, and create an investment in the characters, which can be a strong motivator. The workshop will incorporate practical examples that participants can utilize immediately into their classroom repertoire.