By Alan Maley
The absolutely revised version of this 'classic' is helping academics provide their beginners the instruments they should convey themselves via a number of stimulating drama contexts. This thoroughly revised version of the vintage name Drama innovations offers: *150 principles for fascinating and effective fluency perform *a huge number of drama-based recommendations which concentration newbies' awareness on communicative initiatives or actions *techniques compatible for all degrees *clear directions for the instructor *advice on the way to use the strategies within the lecture room
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It draws attention to the complex partnership between verbal and non-verbal by, temporarily, withdrawing the verbal. Mime also calls for close observation of small particulars (see Chapter 2). And, like most of the activities in this book, mime generally involves no expensive or elaborate equipment – just a roomful of human beings. 1 What am I doing? g. g. Yes, but where am I fishing? What am I trying to catch? Level All Time 15 minutes plus Preparation Make enough cards so that there is one for each student.
With elementary students, this can be very basic: my favourite food, colour, music, singer, sport, etc. 25 Let me tell you something about X. 31 Drama Techniques 1. 27 Directed group visualisation Aims Focus Level Time Preparation To develop visualisation of a story; to encourage careful listening To be adjusted according to the specific story Intermediate and above 15 minutes Rehearsal of the reading of a story (see Box 2 for an example), or preparation of an audio tape. Procedure 1 Students lie down or sit comfortably, with their eyes closed.
All the team members call out his name as he does so. As he lowers his paper, the next student raises hers (or his) and everyone calls out her name. As she lowers hers … and so on. The effect should be like a wave rippling along the line of students (see illustration). Notes 1 You will need to give students time to practise coordinating their wave. 2 This is a good ‘getting to know you’ activity for the start of a course. Variation Any number of different variations can be worked on this activity by changing what is written on the papers.