Peter E. Carels (Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University) is Associate Professor German at Miami University, Oxford, OH.
Pantomime in the Foreign Language Classroom
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1981 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 407–411, December 1981
How to Cite
Carels, P. E. (1981), Pantomime in the Foreign Language Classroom. Foreign Language Annals, 14: 407–411. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1981.tb01660.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT Through pantomime, language learners can be encouraged to participate orally in classroom activities without feeling the pressure of having to perform. The teacher, in acting out simple situations before the class, assumes the role of the performer. The students work together to interpret the gestures, losing their sense of individuality in their intense concentration on the action. The immediacy of the pantomime experience guarantees spontaneous utterances of authentic communicative value.