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Towards a Cultura Franca

Contemporary American Civil and Human Rights Drama in the Foreign Language Classroom

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Jeannette U. Böttcher

This book is mapping the fields of modern output-oriented teaching, intercultural learning, and drama methods in the foreign language class. It explains that drama-based language learning transcends the usual learning scopes in its practical relevance and its far-reaching contextual implications. By including (inter-)cultural aspects, as well as human and civil rights issues, modern teaching can provide students with new frames of references and shifts their attention from an individualistic worldview towards a more tolerant perception of «the other.» The term of «cultura franca» hints at a liberation of cultural restraints and this is exactly what is indispensable in order to educate students to become the interculturally adept speakers our modern time needs.

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Part III: The Stage is Set

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Part III: The Stage is Set

The third part illustrates how drama can serve as a catalyst for the discussion of crucial social issues. The question of what collective and individual responsibility mean in the overall context is also raised. Drama methods are used to create new ways of ‘knowing’ which, in turn, help to re-shape students’ subjective truth.

As we look at man, we must admit that he has misused his freedom. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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