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Utilizing Video Skits to Teach Speaking and Reading With Expression
Yokkaichi University, Japan
Japanese students are typically shy and reluctant to speak out when presenting in English. Many read from their script, fail to make eye contact and speak in a soft, monotone voice. How can we encourage them to speak more dynamically? Drama is collaborative in nature and allows teachers to create an anxiety-free, cooperative learning environment. Drama can also be used to create realistic situations where students can learn to use the target language in context (Boudreault, 2001). I will discuss how video skits in the style of a morning talk show were utilized to practice speaking and reading with expression.