CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] Inhabiting Worlds â Drama Pedagogy in Foreign Language Instruction

full name / name of organization: 
Susanne Even
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40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
February 26 â€" March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency â€" Boston, Massachusetts

Drama pedagogy uses techniques from theater practice to experience foreign
languages cognitively, socially, kinesthetically, and empathically.
Students engage with different worlds, move around in them and make their
own impact on them. In drama pedagogy, the ordinary classroom becomes the
platform for students to develop their own voices, invent and shape their
own personae, take clear stances, and adopt their own attitudes in and
towards given situations, always in interaction with others. Drama pedagogy
techniques are used for building interactive exchanges that leave behind
the stilted dialogues and role plays of textbooks; for experiencing
literature in ways that go beyond the mere reading and subsequent
discussion of texts; and for raising grammar awareness by realizing
grammatical structures in concrete use instead of in decontextualized
This panel seeks to investigate innovative scholarship and/or teaching at
the intersection of drama/theater and language teaching and learning.
Proposals of no more than 250 words should be sent electronically by 15
September 2008 to Susanne Even, Germanic Studies, Indiana University,

Deadline: September 15, 2008

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee)

The complete Call for Papers for the 2009 Convention will be posted in

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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