Glorgis, L. (2014) Un Stage de pratiques theatrales pour la class de FLE
The author Laetitia Giorgis is a French Teacher, who attended a course on using Theatre when teaching French. Teachers from all over the world attended the four-day intensive course lead by Adrien Payet. Giorgis reflected on her experience during the four days and discussed what she learned. Role-playing games and activities, especially improvisational are highly recommended when teaching French because it provided ample scaffolding, and it allowed students to use repetition to understand better and to retain the information. Giorgis explained that it was fun and enjoyable as her colleagues practiced different activities. Her instructor also explained the importance of the teacher's presence in the classroom, and the tone of voice. Essentially, as a teacher you are acting in front of your students. Finally, Payet stressed that students in the classroom are not passive and to be present and to listen carefully to what they are saying. I enjoyed the article and thought that there were some useful tips and strategies when teaching FSL. I also feel that many of these strategies apply cross-curricular and promotes collaboration. Collaboration fosters communication, communication fosters explaining and understanding. It also promotes minds-on learning. By getting the students up and out of their desks this also addresses issues of the need for kinesthetic learning. There is lots of information about the different means by which students learn new concepts. Although visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning are the most commonly listed learning styles, kinesthetic learning is the one addressed least often especially in traditionally lecture-based courses.