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Introducing creative language learning in Japan through educational drama

Araki-Metcalfe, Naoko 2008, Introducing creative language learning in Japan through educational drama, N J Drama Australia journal, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 45-57.

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Title Introducing creative language learning in Japan through educational drama
Author(s) Araki-Metcalfe, Naoko
Journal name N J Drama Australia journal
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 45
End page 57
Publisher Drama Australia - The National Association for Drama Education
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1445-2294
Keyword(s) Japanese education
English language curriculum
Educational drama
Action research
Reflective practice
Teacher-researcher
Summary Educational Drama as a teaching and learning methodology is already widely in use and well accepted by Australian teachers and students. This paper reports on a study in which the author investigated Japanese primary school students' and teachers' responses to educational drama as a pedagogical tool in their English language classes. The participants had no prior experience of drama in education. Along with the participants' responses, the applicability of educational drama as a teaching method for the Japanese teachers is also discussed. The author, as a teacher-researcher, used action research methods for this study. It became evident that educational drama tended to motivate the Japanese students' foreign language learning of English, by providing them with an opportunity for a higher level of engagement and participation in learning. In the study, the students showed enhancement of the skills necessary for learning, including social, communication, linguistic, non-linguistic and problem-solving skills.
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Language eng
Field of Research 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Drama Australia - The National Association for Drama Education
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