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Glottodrama – Language in Theatre; A Theatrical Method for Teaching Italian to Non-Italians
Teacher training (Main Educational Sector)
Raising the quality of language teaching/learning
CLIL - Content and language integrated learning
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The Glottodrama has been a 2-year multilateral project approved in 2007 by the Lifelong Learning Programme (KA2 Languages). The project has been coordinated by the Language Research Laboratory of Novacultur Publishing House (Italy) and has been aimed at creating an innovative methodology to teach Italian as a foreign language through Drama&Theatre and at testing the new method in 4 European countries. The first target language of the project has been Italian for foreigners. With a further Dissemination project in progress (LLP 2009 - KA2 Languages) we are translating the teaching tools in 8 European languages (English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Greek, Romanian, Bulgarian and Turkish). In addition a transfer of methodological innovation to the teaching of these languages is envisaged by a 2-year Network project (LLP 2010 – KA2 Network) waiting for approval. (See Attachment 1) The experimentation of the method, performed by 6 partners in 4 countries (Italy, France, Greece and Romania) has been based on pilot classes and the results have been compared with control classes where other teaching methods were in use. The programme of a Glottodrama class is divided in two steps. After a phase of actors’ training where students get familiar with acting and they work on micro-texts, the course concentrates on preparing a complete play to perform (either a theatre play or a movie script) adapted from an existing play or self-produced by the class. The text is explored by the student-actors in all its dimensions (linguistic, cultural and dramaturgic) under the guide of 2 teachers (1 language teacher and 1 drama teacher) and the final performance is the objective of this project-work. Project’s beneficiaries: 1) school/university managers, language and drama teachers involved in training seminars 2) students involved in pilot classes. The Glottodrama project comes from the acknowledgement of the pedagogical value of drama in language teaching. This remarkable value is represented by the attempts to apply drama techniques to the learning of foreign languages. This kind of teaching applications revealed the potentiality of this approach as well as its limits due to the fact that these experiences are often carried out without the support of theatre professionals and a clear definition of verifiable objectives. The outcome is to undervalue the acting aspects, favouring instead the linguistic and formal aspects. The activities are often restricted to the dramatization of existing texts or to a wider application of well-known techniques such as role-play. In other words, these experiences cannot take full advantage of all of the activities and techniques used in the typical theatre workshop for the training of actors. The general idea is to bring into the teaching method specific work on the acting aspects (intonation, voice pitching, diction, gestures…) that stimulate the ability to perform linguistic acts appropriate to real communicative situations, including paralinguistic and no-verbal aspects, with a higher level of command of expressive means and a greater awareness of their pragmatic effect. The final scope of this project was to demonstrate on scientific and experimental basis that this methodology - far from being just a mere technique or a playful side activity to enrich ordinary courses - is a complete approach to language teaching. It can be combined with other programmes or stand alone as an autonomous, effective and alternative learning experience.


Contact Details
Novacultur Srl
Carlo Nofri
Via Bocca di Leone, 36
Tel: ++39 6 9970 0347
Fax: ++39 6 9970 1566