4 thoughts on “Jenna Nilson

  1. Thank you very much for this interesting talk Jenna! I think you have given us a lot of food for thought. Looking at your “Questions” I agree that it is of utmost importance to avoid stereotyping, being careful not to resort to essentialist approaches to culture and intercultural awareness. I am convinced that drama is a great way to “do” culture, unleashing its multi-faceted and dynamic nature. When students enter into another role during a drama, we can understand how behaviour is determined by a multiplicity of factors, such as age, gender, beliefs and so on. And drama practices allow those traditionally marginalised to be empowered, to take the initiative to “talk out”. Looking forward to the discussion!

  2. Thank you very much for your talk. I totally agree with Fiona, particularly in your second question, I think it is very important to hear the voices of the students themselves and take into account the possibility of empowerment of these students through their learning, one possibility may be to work with an approach such as the theater of the oppressed.
    Finally, I would like to know what qualitative methods do you used?
    Thank you!

  3. Thank you very much for your presentation, Jenna! I agree with Fiona and Eugenia: we need to create opportunities for the students to express themselves, to listen to each others´ voices. I find specially important the introduction of the students´ culture and identities, and the reflection about the differences and similarities, in order to create a space of critical thought and reflection. Of course, this needs to be in a safe and respecful space, which I find crutial in the teaching of intercultural awareness. Talking about yourself in different aspectos of life (your house, your name, your favourite food, music… etc.) can be a perfect point of departure, I would say…
    Also, I would be interested on the tools you are planning to use for your qualitative research, and the kind of annalysis you are planning.
    Thanks again! Looking forward to the discussion!

  4. Hi Jenna, thank you for sharing your work and your thoughts! I agree with above comments too, particularly the idea that the individuals and their own cultures are very much a part of their learning of English. You quoted somebody here but I didn’t quite catch who – “Drama in a language class can cultivate a space for intercultural dialogue and understanding that can go beyond more superficial situations included in text books” – could you provide a reference/citation?
    I agree that building a community – a safe space of trust, respect and fun- is crucial before any learning can take place. I love the layout of your sessions and how you gradually implement the drama skills and techniques needed within the Boal exploration of key themes in Eric at the end. How old are the students- did you say 8th/9th grade?
    Look forward to the discussion!

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