Book Chapter

Breaking through the communicative cocoon: Improvisation in secondary school foreign language classrooms

J Kurtz

Structure and Improvisation in Creative Teaching | Published : 2011

Abstract

Language is not just a tool for communication. It is also a resource for creative thought, a framework for understanding the world, a key to new knowledge and human history, and a source of pleasure and inspiration. (Kern 2008: 367). In this chapter, I provide specific examples of how I have used guided improvisation in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classrooms in Germany. Very few attempts have been made to examine the potential of improvisation for learning and teaching foreign languages in schools. I demonstrate that improvisation provides a unique way to balance the teaching paradox: Improvisation is not only related to directionality, competence, performance, and design, but to spo..

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