Date: May 6, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Save the date for Language Teacher Symposium (LaTeS) 2023!

Title: Lights, Camera, Action!

Liven Up your WL Classroom with Drama-Based Activities

Event Date: May 6th 2023

Time: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: The University of Arizona, Tucson

Travel scholarships will be available, more details to come.

Presenter:  Melanie Mello

Abstract: Successful communication does not begin and end with what is being spoken but extends to the meaning that is conveyed through our bodies, our tone, our gestures, and our mimics. Creating a learning environment in which social context and interaction are mediated to foster meaningful language production plays an essential role in the development of the cognitive processes that empower learners to acquire language. In this session, participants will be introduced to my top six proven drama-based pedagogical activities, and will put these proposed activities into practice to see firsthand how they further students’ communication skills, collaboration skills, and their creativity and imagination.

Bio: I am originally from Pforzheim, Germany, and have lived in the U.S. for over 13 years. For the last ten years, I taught German as a Foreign Language at the middle school, high school, and the college level. Currently, I teach German I through IB German at Chandler High School, and German 101 and 102 as Associate Faculty for the School of International Letters and Cultures at the Arizona State University. In my roles as GAPP Coordinator, Goethe-Institut Coach, President of the Arizona Language Association, Chair of the FLACH Committee of AATG, and secretary of the Arizona Chapter of AATG I promote and support the learning and teaching of the German language and culture here in the U.S.

Having benefited from the coaching and tutelage of so many others, I decided to become a GEM as part of the Goethe-Institut’s Teacher Training Program in hopes of passing on the knowledge that was passed on to me and sharing the expertise that I have accumulated over the years of teaching students about the German-speaking world and its cultures.

Becoming a teacher is a life-long process, a process that is communally driven. All methodological and pedagogical approaches benefit from dialogue and discussion. But staying abreast of best practices is a daunting task for teachers who often work late into the night to finish grading and to prepare lesson plans. As a GEM, I hope to help teachers refine their skills and to manage the daily challenges presented by the German classroom.