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A Funny Thing in Action: Video Clips

A Funny Thing Happened of the Way to the Dorm

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Introduction to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dorm

Hero in Love



Hero's worries

The football hero's arrival

Where is/who is Julia?

Thus, we see how the use of drama energizes and supports language development by creating an environment wherein L2 is used not only for the text of a play, but for all the work of creating the finished production. It is the communicative process in depth, as the needs arising from the production work create demands on the student to use language in an organic and continually new and challenging way. The language is used to solve problems, generate ideas, and build work that entertains and expresses the personalities of all involved. In this way, the language grows from need and is maintained by its use in active, daily, unscripted communication.

Such an approach can be also seen in the work of Nicole Kupfer who teaches at the Kantonsschule Zurcher Oberland located in Wetzikon, Switzerland, just outside of Zurich.

Accordingly, my next journey was to the suburbs of Zurich, Switzerland, where the communicative approach to language training is highly visible in the work of Nicole Kupfer. Click below to observe how Nicole and her EFL class approach their production of: The Color of Life.

Please click here for Nicole Kupfer and her work at the Kantonsschule Zurcher Oberland