Above the Fold: Theatre as Pedagogy


Part of my responsibility as a language instructor is to create socio-linguistic experiences for students. Theatre is one such experience. Going on a theatre outing is an amazing way to spark students’ curiosity and wonder. Of course, going to the theatre can also be challenging for my students who have come to the United States to improve their English. That is why I take plenty of class time to prepare students for what they are about to see live on stage. Most theaters have a community-outreach staff member, or team, prepare an education packet for students so that they may be briefed about the play.

The Pasadena Playhouse prepares excellent educational materials for students. Recently, I used the resources provided by the theatre, plus my own writing prompts, to guide students through writing and discussion activities about the play, ABOVE THE FOLD.

The theatre’s website contains a link to the educational packet.

Community theatre experiences get students excited about language.

“Surprised, exciting, amazing, and confusing,” were words my students visiting from Japan used to describe the Bernard Weinraub play, ABOVE THE FOLD.

The students will write about their experience of the play, and they will be asked to consider alternative outcomes, as well.

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