Performing Languages: the use of group devised theatre in additional language learning

Garret Scally

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This paper outlines, and presents the initial findings from, a research project investigating and further establishing the connection between applied theatre practice, specifically the use of group devised theatre (collaboratively creating original theatre pieces), and additional language learning and acquisition. The project is a collaboration between the University of Manchester and the NovaTris Institute in the University of Mulhouse with the participants - adults from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds - joining a four-month-long theatre workshop series for English language acquisition aimed at creating a group ensemble to produce a final performance. During the project, the participants participate in various physically-based activities geared towards exploring movements of the human body and the role this plays in communication, specifically in additional language learning. Along with this, there are exercises specifically aimed at voice work. The researcher is investigating how devised theatre and voice work exercises affect confidence and motivation in additional language acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2015


  • Theatre
  • Language learning
  • Drama


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