Fukuoka JALT:

Living Newspaper Readers Theatre: Oral Performance with Accelerated Feedback

Date: Saturday, October 16th, 2021 Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Speaker: David Kluge and George MacLean


This presentation provides two new perspectives about language teaching and a way for more effective reflection on student performance. Long and Crookes (1991) described Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT) and stated that it, of three approaches to syllabus design, "holds special promise." In the same paper, they mentioned that "focus on form" (FonF) was an important aspect of TBLT. Both TBLT and FonF are topics of this presentation. One new perspective on a TBLT task is introduced: Living Newspaper Readers Theatre (LNRT). LNRT is a Readers Theatre performance by a group of students of a script stitched together by selecting sections of topically-related news articles (Kluge, 2019). Another new perspective regards providing almost instantaneous evaluation of performances to students via cloud-based feedback.

The presentation will first describe what LNRT (Living Newspaper Readers Theatre) is, then how to do it, with examples of performances. The latter part of the workshop will concern how to effectively give immediate online feedback about performances, focusing on form. Specifically, we will show examples of rubrics and discuss how they can be used for giving students feedback, training them about what to look for when giving each other feedback, and how to articulate such feedback to peers. Most importantly, we will describe research we conducted on LNRT and cloud-based feedback, including a focus on form (FonF). We will end with Q & A by attendees.

David Kluge (Nanzan University) is co-coordinator of the JALT Performance in Education SIG and has been teaching English for over 40 years. His interests are speech, drama, debate, Readers Theatre, oral communication, and materials writing. He has published four books for Cengage/National Geographic Learning and Macmillan.

George MacLean is a professor at the University of the Ryukyus. He has given over fifty workshops and presentations in over a dozen countries in the past decade. He serves on editorial and review boards for several educational journals and international conferences. His research interests include SLA and ICT implementation.

The Zoom details will be available on fukuokajalt.org on the day of the event. We will start the Zoom an hour early (5 PM) for an hour of informal discussion and networking.

Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: 500 yen
Non-members: free

Venue: Online: The Zoom link will be posted on the Fukuoka JALT website the day before

Location: Online, Online Events, Online Event


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