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Eaquals International Conference, 16 18 April 2015 THE WAY TO GO: ACTING STUDENTS, DIRECTING TEACHERS, REFLECTIVE EFL CLASSROOMS!?! www.eaquals.org

Nikolay Markov Nikolov: The way to go – acting students, directing teachers, reflective efl classrooms

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  • Eaquals International Conference, 16 18 April 2015

    THE WAY TO GO:

    ACTING STUDENTS,

    DIRECTING TEACHERS,

    REFLECTIVE EFL CLASSROOMS!?!

    www.eaquals.org

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    PROFESSIONAL DRAMA OR IN THE EFL CLASSROOM

    IF NOT, WHY NOT?

    IF YES, HOW?

    IS THAT POSSIBLE?

    DISCUSS THAT IN PAIRS OR GROUPS, PLEASE!

    (task time limit: 2 mins.)

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    MY ANSWER TO THE QUESTION

    YES or

    T.I.M.E. The Teenodrama Interactive Method

    in English

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    WHAT IS TEENODRAMA?

    Interactive FL teaching of teenagers through professional acting techniques instruction, dramatisation of texts and participation of the learners in stage activities in the target language during which they evaluate their partners or their own artistic and language skills.

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    T.I.M.E. the major outcome of my study intended to:

    prove the hypothesis that the instruction of professional acting techniques in the target language (English) alongside learners participation in stage activities in the target language enhances learners FL interactive speaking skills.

    prove that T.I.M.E. training makes learners

    more motivated to participate actively in the process of FL acquisition and additionally develops in them a number of paralinguistic skills.

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    The research subjects: 16 Bulgarian teenage learners

    At FL (English) B2/C1 level (CEFR)

    Streamed into a Control Group (CG) and an Experimental Group (EG)

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    The experimental phases:

    standard drama training (the common drama in the EFL

    classroom based on the teachers amateur understanding of stage art)

    professional drama training (based on Stanislavskis

    System and adapted to suit the EFL context)

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    Stanislavskis System

    progression of techniques used to train actors and actresses to draw believable emotions to their performances. Originally created and used by Constantin Stanislavski from 1911 to 1916, later on (between 1934 and 1938) this technique evolved to a method of physical actions in which emotions are produced through the use of actions.

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    The T.I.M.E. Model (the professional drama training phase in the study)

    PLAY PREMIERE

    (THE FINAL ART PRODUCT)

    STAGE WORK AND

    EVALUATION

    SCRIPT ANALYSIS AND TEXT

    WORK

    ACTING EXERCISES

    SPEECH EXERCISES

    BODY EXERCISES

    PLAY AND CAST SELECTION

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    THE RESULTS (BASED ON THE EXPERIMNTAL DATA)

    2,86%

    20,18%

    0,00%

    5,00%

    10,00%

    15,00%

    20,00%

    25,00%

    GROUPS' OVERALL

    SPEAKING PROGRESS

    Control Group

    Experimental Group

    (The groups overall progress

    in their FL speaking

    accuracy, fluency, interaction and

    the use of communication

    strategies)

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    SUSTAINABILITY CHECK

    Check of the sustainability of the 16 learners knowledge acquired during the experimental study period with a specially designed TEST based on The Importance Of Being Earnest (the final art product) including 3 tasks a vocabulary task, a content-based task and a creative writing task.

    11 months after the T.I.M.E. experiment

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    KNOWLEDGE SUSTAINABILITY RESULTS

    GROUPS AVERAGE SUSTAINABILITY TEST RESULTS

    TASKS CONTROL GROUP EXPERIMENTAL GROUP

    VOCABULARY 45,5% 84,2%

    CONTENT-BASED 38,8% 88,7% CREATIVE WRITING

    60,3% 79,5%

    TOTAL 50,5% 78,3%

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    KNOWLEDGE SUSTAINABILITY CAN SURPRISE

    MY DEAREST PRESENT

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    THE EXPERIMENTAL GROUP ACTED OUT THE PLAY AGAIN

    Without having thought about or read the play script for 11 months

    Completely unprepared

    Masterfully improvising

    Shortening the play, but still presenting the main events of the plot

    MAKING IT A MUST-SEE PERFORMANCE!!!

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    CONCLUSIONS

    Professional drama training in the EFL context (T.I.M.E.) is more effective than the standard drama in the EFL classroom

    T.I.M.E. enhances learners interactive speaking skills

    T.I.M.E. significantly enhances learners learning motivation

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    CONCLUSIONS

    T.I.M.E. develops additional paralinguistic skills in learners, such as teamwork (noted by over 70% of the respondents of the final inquiry at the end of the experiment)

    T.I.M.E. guarantees a funny and interesting way of

    learning (according to most inquiry respondents from the Experimental Group)

    T.I.M.E. develops learners language and artistic

    performance evaluation and self-evaluation skills

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    CONCLUSIONS

    AND ABOVE ALL:

    T.I.M.E. PROVIDES LEARNERS

    WITH SUSTAINABLE

    FL KNOWLEDGE

    AND ENHANCED

    FL INTERACTIVE

    SPEAKING SKILLS

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    TRIBUTES TO:

    the participants in the experiment and the cameraman

    Assoc. Prof. Dr Svetlana Dimitrova Giuzeleva (New Bulgarian University), my PhD supervisor

    Assoc. Prof. Dr Alexander Iliev (National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts)

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    AN INNOVATIVE PRODUCT

    T.I.M.E. for teenagers (a practical book set), self-published

    a Practical Guide (the book) a pack of 46 reusable

    Instructions Cards a CD and DVD set (2 CDs and 2

    DVDs) a Teachers Evaluation Book a Velcro-strapped laminated

    File Folder

    A FOLLOW-UP OUTCOME

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    THE RECOGNITION

    the only international awards

    that recognise and celebrate innovation

    in ELT

    THE PRODUCT WAS NOMINATED BY THE BRITISH COUNCIL IN THE UK FOR THE ELTons 2015 AWARDS:

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    ~The End ~

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!!!