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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 IV: Curtain Call

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Part IV: Curtain Call

In the final part, a summary of the findings is presented as well as a perspective on where modern foreign language education needs to go.

Conclusion

“As a writer, you get to bring attention to something without preaching it. I don’t believe in being didactic. So if you dramatize something you automatically bring attention to it if people read it.” Terry McMillan

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