1:15 - 3:05 PM
Words in Action: Rhythm, Movement and Language Teaching
Michele Milner, Fujisawa Board of Education
Alice Wahl Lachman, Saitama Women's College
This workshop shows how rhythm and movement activities can create a
multi-sensory language learning experience. Drawing on Gardner's theory
of multiple intelligences and Laban's system of movement analysis, participants
will explore how concept-based rhythm and movement activities can facilitate
intonation, comprehension and enjoyment of language learning.
Participants will be shown how to build a movement vocabulary and then
use it to express a wide variety of concepts and ideas. Creative movement
can provide a kinesthetic experience that allows learners to form new and
potent associations in the target language. By working to integrate the
mind and body, learning becomes an integrated and more holistic endeavor.
This relationship promotes self-expression and ultimately helps students
to synthesize and remember material. Concept-based movement activities
can be integrated into classrooms from elementary school to university
level. They can express both simple concepts and complex global issues
and provide opportunities for discussion and group problem-solving.
Michele Milner teaches junior high school and elementary school
in Fujisawa City, Japan. As a dance and theater specialist, she incorperates
the expressive arts into her language teaching. She is currently
in the MA program at Columbia University in Tokyo.
Alice Lachman received her PhD from the University of Oregon.
She is a professor at Saitama Women's College. Her research interests
include film and global issues.