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When a language instructor and an acting/theatre instructor combine forces to teach language learners, engaged learning happens! Join us to learn more about this tried and tested technique we call Performing Fluency.

In this workshop, you will see and participate in demonstrations of the activities we use, learn about the pedagogical principles we have applied, and explore the idea of creating an entire curriculum or integrating activities into an existing one.

The key elements of our approach include: a focus on performance that builds a sense of ensemble among students, allows for risk-taking as a student adopts a character, encourages the use of language for communicating meaning. Evidence-based practice that includes: creating a truly student-centered classroom, employing project- and task-based learning techniques. Attention to cultural literacy with a focus on intercultural and interdisciplinary principles.

Sponsored by the English Language Institute and Language Resource Center at the University of Michigan



Performing Fluency: Improv and Acting Techniques for Language Learning

Carmela Romano Gillette (Lecturer), University of Michigan English Language Institute
Deric McNish  (Assistant Professor Acting, Voice, and Speech, Program Director for the BFA in Acting), Michigan State University Department of Theatre


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All Languages
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This workshop took place in March 2019 at the UM Ann Arbor campus. The workshop was based on the book published by the presenters, the video is available from the UM LRC website.
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University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Language Resource Center
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Published May 29, 2020 by Julie Evershed • Updated August 13, 2020