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Italy at your fingertips: Integrating puppet theater in the Italian classroom

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Title:Italy at your fingertips: Integrating puppet theater in the Italian classroom
Authors:Pacchioni, Federico
Date Issued:01 Jan 2015
Publisher:Heinle Cengage Learning
Citation:Pacchioni, F. (2015). Italy at your fingertips: Integrating puppet theater in the Italian classroom. The American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Languages Programs (AAUSC), 77-90. http://hdl.handle.net/102015/69747
Abstract:This chapter makes a case for integrating puppet theater in the foreign language
curriculum. The case is grounded in an acknowledgment of the art’s cathartic
effect,
its ability to engage and develop multiple intelligences and various skills.
It is also based on the cultural value and uniqueness of the puppet theater’s many
traditional forms. The chapter begins with an examination of the literature currently
available in support of this creative approach, identifying recurring themes
and issues, and evaluating educators’ reflections vis-à-vis certain historic and cultural
dynamics and influences. While the application of puppetry in education has
almost always been considered in relation to the primary and secondary school
levels of teaching, a number of puppet theater techniques translate remarkably
well into higher education, especially for languages whose cultures present strong
puppetry traditions, such as Italian. The final section of the chapter addresses the
pertinence of puppetry to teacher training and curriculum development, exemplified
by the case of Italian, both as a tool in the instructor’s lesson and in studentled
productions.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/69747
Volume:2015
Appears in Collections: 2015 INTEGRATING THE ARTS: CREATIVE THINKING ABOUT FOREIGN LANGUAGE CURRICULA AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM DIRECTION


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