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W29 Naoko Araki

Naoko Araki


Akita International University

Learning English as an Additional langauge through an embodied approach

90 minutes

In some regions of Asia, the starting age of introducing an English language curriculum has become younger in recent decades with more communication-focused approaches illustrating English as a global language widespread globalisation. The workshop is based on the use of process drama in English as an additional language class. A particular focus given to the learners’ lived experiences in a foreign language context requires adjustment for scaffolding in language classrooms and teachers’ instructions. Teaching a target language which learners are not exposed in their daily lives can be very challenging. They often experience a loss of motivation and purpose. The workshop demonstrates how a process drama approach can be inclusive to all the participants where ‘nobody is left behind ‘. At the same time, it calls upon the learner's autonomy through active participation and a high level of engagement. The approach can be easily modified in any other additional language classes by simply changing the target vocabulary used in the workshop.

Naoko Araki (Ph.D.) is a Professor at Akita International University, Japan. She started her career as an additional language teacher in Australia. She taught additional languages both English and Japanese in two countries, Japan and Australia, and is now teaching and researching in interdiciplanrity (Additional language education and The Arts Education) at the tertiary level. Naoko also worked with teachers and government authorities as an educational consultant in Japan, Australia and Singapore to demonstrate how drama pedagogy can enhance additional language learning and intercultural communication. Her research interests are theorising curriculum using drama pedagogy in additional language education and the internationalisation of tertiary education.

Sharing Global Drama Education Experience and practice; Enabling cross-cultural communication and understanding; Exploring emerging possibilities and scenarios for drama education; Widening drama education conversations

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