We are a small school called Pompeu Fabra, located in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. We are developing the Erasmus + 2016-1-ES01-KA101-024482 project. It is based on learning a foreign language through drama, since our aim is to reinforce the communicative approach towards English language learning. Moreover, we are coordinating the Erasmus + 2016-1-ES01-KA219-025674_1 project, called 3 2 1 ACTION as well, which is mainly based on drama.
In summer 2016 we were trained in Glottodrama methodoloy. This method, on top of using drama as an educational tool, was conceived to overcome the most common problems related to the acquisition of oral skills in foreign language learning. The main idea was to challenge some long lasting and deeply rooted prejudices or pedagogical mistakes: the confusion between “language competence” and “communicative competence”, the separation in language learning between verbal codes and no-verbal codes, the overvaluation of written work and grammar study, the undervaluation of an active role of the students in the learning process and the lack of creativity and use of imagination in many class activities.
We adapted this methodology to our context and used some cooperative learning strategies (group working). We applied it to our 5th and 6th level students (10-12 years old).
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