Action-Orientated Language Learning: The use of performative practices and spaces in the development of creative pedagogies for learners of French

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Action-Orientated Language Learning: The use of performative practices and spaces in the development of creative pedagogies for learners of French

Drawing on theoretical and methodological practices set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages(CEFR), and its foundational idea of learners as social agents, this presentation will interrogate some of the merits and challenges of Action-Orientated language learning. Specifically, it will discuss the potential for use of performative artistic practices such as music, theatre and dance in the teaching of language while also highlighting the challenges represented by the seemingly static nature of the physical spaces in which languages are typically taught.

Drawing on current research (partially funded by the Teaching Council) being carried out for the creation of teacher-friendly resources which facilitate the use of music in language learning, a variety of innovative pedagogies, including classroom scenarios and activities will be presented and discussed. Specific emphasis will be placed on processes of enculturation in the transmission of music with a view to further understanding, facilitating, and encouraging more embodied cultural and linguistic experiences for learners of French of within the classroom context.