GABINO BOQUETE MARTÍN AND JUAN MANUEL MEDINA ORELLANA
Building an emotional voice through the use of theatrical techniques
Learning a language involves the construction of a representation of the world and our connection to it. This connection is, to a large extent, emotional and affective, as the speaker manifests their own “self” through language. Language is the way in which we, as individuals, show our experiences, the way we see reality and the way we convey our identity.
We suggest working, through the use of theatrical techniques, on emotion in the classroom in an inherent way.To do this, we intend to bring the mind, the body, emotions, imagination and memories into the classroom to shape and deepen learning. In addition to the linguistic, psychological, educational and socio-cultural advantages, theatre helps to implant affective factors in the classroom, such as self-esteem, empathy or motivation.
Theatre is based on a human relationship where we work holistically in a process of constant synergies. This generates attitudes towards the group, based on respect and the perspective of improvement as an individual for the good of the group, where divergence is seen as something useful for the generation of knowledge and error is interpreted as something positive and necessary for learning (characteristics of a theatrical context).
Theatre not only creates a favourable climate for learning, but it can also provide tools that foster experiences, emotions and spaces to try to lead the student to this great challenge: that the word acquires identity in L2 students. To this end, we will create a didactic approach based on different theatrical techniques: theatrical improvisation, Meissner, Lecoq and Estudio Schinca. The order and application of these, as well as the inclusion of others, will be determined during the procedural evaluation of the research.