Could an application of Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed offer an alternative form for developing speaking and listening skills in adult EFL learners.
(2014) Could an application of Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed offer an alternative form for developing speaking and listening skills in adult EFL learners., no. 45.
This dissertation is centred on examining the role in which Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' plays within an EFL classroom, specifically in regards to listening and speaking skills. As there is a high demand for foreign language speakers in numerous businesses and industries (Ager 2014), many people turn to learning a language to aid their careers or personal desires. During the course of this study, there will be an evaluation into the specifics of Boal's techniques with a close exploration into listening and speaking skills. In order to achieve this, there will be a review of previously published material concerning the subject matter of teaching English as a foreign language. The aim of this review is to note various opinions and findings from other studies, thereby creating an influential impact upon this study. As this subject has many different aspects to consider, this study specifically focuses on Boal as a practitioner to use within teaching, providing new material towards teaching EFL. Suggestions are offered in an attempt to provide more evidence and reputability to the discussion and the topic of EFL learning. This research has discovered that within teaching EFL, as naturally there are many different options to consider, Boalian drama is an effective tool to utilise within lessons. The exercises mentioned create opportunities for creativity and collaborative teamwork to transpire; meaning an enjoyable and successful journey to learning English of a high standard.