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Classroom Acts: performance, identity and the emergence of new communities in German language teaching

Saturday 14 September 2019, King's College London, Strand Campus, Anatomy Museum

About the symposium 

The symposium offers a mixture of workshops and theoretical and practical presentations on theatre techniques and other verbal and non-verbal forms of expression in modern foreign language teaching. We are especially interested in exploring the link between physical performance and foreign language learning in their communicative, pragmatic and affective dimensions. As such, we ask:

  • Does verbal and non-verbal performance make language learning more accessible for people who might struggle with phonetic systems, memorization of vocabulary and grammatical concepts?
  • Can students with learning disabilities, language-based learning difficulties and/or social anxiety benefit from performative practices?
  • Do performance and performativity foster a more inclusive classroom community in which differences of culture, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation and identities come to play more freely?

Who should attend

The symposium is designed for teachers of German and other foreign languages, especially in Higher Education. It is also open to anyone interested in the pedagogical and cultural value of theatre and performativity. The symposium language will be English. While the first half of the symposium will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion and presentations, the second part will consist of two practical workshops. Attendance numbers for the workshops are limited to 20.

Contact the conference team

Dr Natalie Diebschlag, Deputy Team Leader, Modern Language Centre, King's College London

Daniela Dora, DAAD Teaching Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge


Our Sponsors



The German Academic Exchange Service or DAAD is the largest German support organisation in the field of international academic co-operation.



The SCENARIO PROJECT, founded in 2007 at University College Cork, aims at paving the way towards a Performative Teaching, Learning and Research Culture.