Colleen Ryan-Scheutz (PhD, Indiana University) is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Full-Scale Theater Production and Foreign Language Learning
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 2004 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 374–385, October 2004
How to Cite
Ryan-Scheutz, C. and Colangelo, L. M. (2004), Full-Scale Theater Production and Foreign Language Learning. Foreign Language Annals, 37: 374–385. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2004.tb02696.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
Abstract: This article reports a case study designed to explore the effectiveness of full-scale, authentic-text theater production for second language learning. Based on the results of preproduction and postproduction tests completed by cast and crew members, as well as the observations of all involved, the authors maintain that the diverse communication tasks necessary for the project, and the motivation generated by a common and public goal, make foreign language theater production particularly conducive to learning. The findings in this study indicated general tendencies toward improved proficiency in speaking and reading and very positive student perceptions with respect to the gains they made individually in various skill areas. Finally, the study revealed increased levels of comfort in using the foreign language.