Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater: Theories, Methods, and Practices
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- theater performance; American students; theater in Italian literature and culture; Italian theatrical canon; theater courses -- Italian language curriculum; theatrical workshop; theater techniques; high school classroom; Italian theater; Italian society; Dario Fo; Franca Rame; Italian language interplay; Luigi Pirandello; sei personaggi in cerca d'autore; female voice; Educational Methods; Italian Language and Literature; Theatre and Performance Studies
Both the study of theater and the study of foreign languages have long-standing traditions at all levels of education. Yet only in recent decades has an interdisciplinary approach joining the two come to light as a subject of both practical and scholarly interest. Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater is founded on the belief that theatrical texts and techniques have the ability to catalyze learning and foster curricular innovation in numerous interesting ways. With this premise, this book intends to "set the stage", if you will, for a meaningful dialogue among scholars and practitioners who wish to move in new pedagogical directions by integrating various aspects of the Italian studies curriculum through theater. In particular, the contributions to this work support a performance-based approach to theater. Whether through brief in-class exercises or full-scale theater productions, the common aim is to engage students' whole being in the learning process and to make Italian language, literature, and culture come alive.