“ The upper midbrain is made up of motor structures involved in producing the muscular settings necessary to action…Communicative and linguistic acts also depend on these motor structures”. Karl Pribram
Movement is a necessary part of language learning.
A person starts with a MOTIVE to speak. That MOTIVE generates INNER SPEECH/SUBTEXT. The INNER SPEECH/SUBTEXT generates a THOUGHT/IMAGE. The THOUGHT/IMAGE generates FEELING. The FEELING propels the speech.
Drama is effective in language learning because it mimics the real life process of using symbols (words) related to signs (images) processed through action (use of words and movement) in the context of dramatic circumstances that arouse emotions associated with the words and images used in the satisfaction of a motive, need, or desire.
Effective drama as well as language acquisition will adhere to the processes outlined above as suggested by Lev Semenovich Vygotsky and Konstantine Stanislavski. Vygotsky shows us how the language acquisition process occurs, and Stanislavski shows us how it occurs when acting.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Dorm 01/08/10