Practise, Create, Motivate: English through Drama

On Feb 19th, Shinshu JALT will host a special event for teachers interested in learning how drama techniques can be utilised in the EFL classroom to get students speaking.  Due to work commitments, our original speaker is unable to attend. Rather than miss this opportunity to get together, long-time contributor, Dr. Sue Fraser – a Best of JALT recipient, has kindly offered to share her expertise.  (In turn, Greg has promised to be nice to Sue for the next 13 days, which also provides a bit of drama and some serious acting skills).  Take a look at the abstract (and Sue’s credentials) and you will agree that this will be well worth your time.  Looking forward to seeing you there.
Practise, Create, Motivate:  English through Drama

conferencelogoSpeaker: Dr. Sue Fraser
: Feb 19th (Sun), 2017
Time: 10:30~12:30 pm
Venue:  Matsumoto City Tourist Information Office 2F  (One block south of Matsumoto Castle.) 松本市市民活動サポートセンター
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Sponsors: Japan Association for Language Teaching: Shinshu Chapter 全国語学教育学会  信州支部

Practise, Create, Motivate:  English through Drama

Workshop:  10:30 – 12:30 Speaker: Dr. Sue Fraser

‘Drama’ is not simply ‘acting’. When employed in educational settings, Drama encompasses a wide range of activities to encourage creativity, interaction, confidence-building, and communication skills and strategies; thus motivating learners to become involved and express themselves. Drama in FLT has diverse uses for grammatical and phonological practice, developing presentation skills and overall fluency, and encouraging critical thinking and intercultural awareness.

In this workshop, a range of activity types involving Drama, adaptable to various FLT classroom contexts, will be experienced and analysed: from one-off warmers, to ideas for textbook adaptation, to creative performance projects. Active participation is expected!

Dr. Sue Fraser teaches at Seisen Jogakuin College, Shinshu University, and Nagano National College of Technology (Kosen), and tutors on Birmingham University’s distance-learning M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL.  She has applied her life-long performing and academic involvement in Theatre and Drama to EFL teaching, teacher training and materials writing.  She has published on varieties of spoken English, Drama and learner autonomy, spoken and written fluency, and L2 learning motivation, and co-authors various Japanese university entrance exam preparation textbooks.

Admission:  JALT members free.  Non-members: 1000 yen.  
Inquiries: Gregory Birch (
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