Over the last two decades drama pedagogy has helped to lay the foundations for a new teaching and learning culture, one that accentuates physicality and centres on performative experience. Signs of this ‘performative turn’ in education are especially strong in the field of foreign/second language teaching. This volume introduces scholars, language teachers, student teachers and drama practitioners to the concept of a performative foreign language didactics. Approaching the subject from a wide variety of contexts, the contributors explore the extent to which performative approaches, emphasising the role of the body as a learning medium, can achieve deep intercultural learning. Drama activities such as improvisation, hot seating and tableaux are shown to create rich opportunities for intercultural encounters that transport students beyond the parameters of conventional language, literature and culture education.
This is a thought-provoking collection that provides a series of rich insights into the way intercultural education is enhanced by performative approaches. It makes a significant contribution to the field. The variety of perspectives from different countries and contexts, and the open, enquiring tone means that the book itself embodies some of the key principles of interculturality.
- Mike Fleming, Durham University, UK
John Crutchfield is a theatre artist and lecturer in the Department of Didactics, Institute for English Language and Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.
Manfred Schewe is Head of the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork, Ireland. He is the founding editor of SCENARIO (http://scenario.ucc.ie), a bilingual Online Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research.