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Improv Meets English Language Learning

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Mallory Thomasee

on 29 April 2014

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Improv Theater Meets English Language Learning
Out Of The Box Learning
Improv Theather
- A small group of students are given a topic and must "act it out"
- No special skills are required
- There is no script or rehearsing
In The Classroom
There are countless improv theater activities that can be created and used in the classroom.-make them up
Why? What are the Benefits
Games from the article
- Paper Slips
- Emotional Switch
- Slide Show
- No Exit
Creates an alternative learning environment that is fun for students therefore develops interest
Expanding Improv
Using Technology
Students could use their devices to make a wordle of words said during an improv theater over vocabulary words. Students could visualize the importance of words and use it to study.
Seeing Improvement
The Negatives
When Is this appropriate?
Age Appropriateness
Will students act appropriately
Considerations before playing
making rules
Is This Logical?
Food for Thought
Have you ever played an improv game in school?
Would you use this in your classroom?
If so, did it help you learn the material?
What kind of game did you play?
If not, do you think you would benefit or enjoy this type of activity?
Why? or why not?
What are some benefits you can think of as well as some downfalls?
Improv Meets English Language Learning by Jon Wilkerson
Works Cited

Galante, Angela, perf.(2014, April 9). Improve in an ESL drama class. Web.

IndyParksandRec.(2011, July 21). "What are You Doing?" Improv Game at Theater Arts Discovery. Web.

Wilkerson, Jon.Improv Meets English Language Learning. Essential Teacher, 24-26.

Improv Theater in Real Classrooms
This teacher describes one way she uses a type of improv theater in her classroom.

Please watch this video:
Improv Theater Meets English Language Learning
What is Improv Theater?
How can we use this in t he classroom?
What are the Benefits?
What are the downfalls?
Think about it-Questions
By: Mallory Thomasee and Shannon Loftus
"My mind went blank. I was scared. And I felt like a complete idiot. It was a tremendously demoralizing experience." (Wilkerson 24)
How would a group of boys who just hit puberty feel about speaking in front of the class?
Here is an online resource where more games can be found: http://www.bbbpress.com/dramagames/
Will this take up too much time?
Will students actually participate?
Will students feel embarrassed?
Enhances Fluency
Students Feel Socially Competent
Maintaining a positive attitude about the activity is key to success
Students will be just as willing as you are <be silly with it>
Messing up is learning!!
This is a gradual process
Be clear with your instruction and explanation
Things to remember as the teacher
Students Must Be Commited for this to be fun
Students must listen
Acceptance and rejection
Playing like a team
Jon Wilkerson used improv learning in his college class as an experiment and found surprisingly positive results. Language learners love improv theater because it is fun and motivational. Improve theater has many benefits. It helps teach fluency and gives students a feeling of social competency.Although it is a lot of fun and had numerous benefits, there are still things to consider. For example, students commitment and willingness to pay attention. There are numerous games available online and games can be made up on the spot and incorporated into any lesson. As a teacher, you must decide if this type of activity is appropriate for your classroom.
Fluency:: the ability to speak easily and smoothly; especially : the ability to speak a foreign language easily and effectively

: the ability to do something in a way that seems very easy

Improv requires students to use language in unexpected and various emotional situations. This helps them acquire the language in a deeper sense and increases fluency.
From his experience Wilkerson found improv theater gives students a sense of empowerment. English Learners have a chance to practice the language and communication in life like situations. These experiences help many students who before felt too shy to approach English speakers, do exactly that and with confidence.
Teachers could also use technology to help students "see" their progress.
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