Cooperative Learning and Drama Techniques: A Good Teaching Team for Second Language Acquisition
Presenters will focus on the use of cooperative learning and drama techniques to help students acquire a second language. An overview of the current research in both areas will be presented. One presenters' expertise is in the area of research-based instructional strategies and the other presenter specializes in comparative linguistics (Spanish/English) and drama techniques for language acquisition. This session combines the strengths of both areas for teaching students of all ages. Participants will be actively engaged in learning by doing. Activities are selected to create a positive environment that promotes socialization and language development. According to Westwater & Wolfe (2000) people retain and apply information in meaningful ways when that information is connected to real-life experiences. This workshop is designed to provide real-life activities using cooperative learning and drama techniques for language acquisition.
Keywords: Drama, Cooperative Learning, Second Language Acquisition.
Dr. Bobbette M. Morgan
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department, School of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College
Dr. Graciela P. Rosenberg
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department, School of Education, The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College