role of play in supporting multilingual and internationals students in higher ed?

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Alyssa Bonnac

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Feb 18, 2021, 12:00:05 PMFeb 18
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Hello, 

Some colleagues and I are exploring the role of play in supporting multilingual learners and international students in higher education settings. Does anyone have any research they could point us to specific to this student population? The role of play in second language acquisition is one area we're interested in, as well as how play may help multilingual learners in any aspect of their undergraduate or graduate studies. 

This group is always a great source of inspiration. Thanks for your help! 

Alyssa Bonnac


Paul Darvasi

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Feb 18, 2021, 9:00:43 PMFeb 18
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Hi Alyssa,

You might look at the work of James York and Jonahan deHaan. They specialize in games and play for second language instruction, and publish this journal:


Hope you find it helpful! Happy to put you in touch.

Best,

Paul

John Alexander

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Mar 3, 2021, 2:32:22 PMMar 3
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Hi all,

I'm John Alexander, Director of Instructional Design, at SDSU Global Campus.

I wanted to introduce myself and let you know how much I am enjoying Professors at Play. The need for fun and play in Higher Education is so necessary, especially given the current global situation. Thus, I so appreciate all of these great resources and ideas. I definitely plan to share any ideas which could benefit the group.

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John

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Laura Mitchell

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Mar 4, 2021, 4:46:27 PMMar 4
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Hi Alyssa
My colleagues at a previous institution had a great project with a local theatre they labelled ‘cultural animation’ which appropriated numerous theatrical games and exercises for educational purposes, primarily with a view to improving research impact. This included exercises such as ‘the button game’ and several storytelling games. The project was led by Professor Michaela Kelemen and you can find the outputs via Google scholar if you use the search term ‘cultural animation’. 
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Maha Bali

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Mar 5, 2021, 12:27:24 AMMar 5
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This reminds me of Theater of the Oppressed techniques  which I think can work here.

The original books are by Augusto Boal, but to get a feel for what these techniques look like, try these videos:


Opposites https://onehe.org/eu-activity/theater-of-the-oppressed-opposites/



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Laura Mitchell

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Mar 5, 2021, 2:56:29 AMMar 5
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Hi all
I agree Maha, there was some discussion about Boal - however my understanding of theatre of the oppressed techniques was that these were very structured learning sessions, while the activities employed in cultural animation activities were more like action research or sensemaking projects. I forgot to mention, however, the button game was something they used expressly with high numbers of Chinese students to develop their confidence expressing themselves in discussing organisation with fellow postgraduate students using English. 
Alyssa - I'd love to hear more about the project and I am also very interested in the topic so please do get in touch!
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Maha Bali

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Mar 5, 2021, 11:09:59 PMMar 5
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Hey Laura

I don't know about overly structured. There are many different techniques.

Forum theater (I guess the pinnacle of Theater of the Oppressed) is a multi-step process. First a group of students write up a role play and act it out, but then they act it out a second time where anyone in the audience can jump in and improvise a different path.

In a sense, the first group writing the play are structuring something (but the teacher isn't) but then the second group, the spectators intervening and being audience-as-actors are completely improv.

I wonder if for people with somewhat different levels of a language, the need to sometimes be in control (know the lines beforehand) and other times not be in control (the improv part) is a good balance?

Where can I get more info on the Button game?
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