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Digit-M_Ed, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2.5 Intercultural-cultural communication and new forms of being
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
5:08 PM, Wednesday 30 Aug 2017 (26 minutes)
For the participants of the LACE Research Group in the Applied Linguistics Department of the Pontificia Universidade de Sao Paulo (PUCSP/Brazil), especially those involved in the Digit-M-Ed Project, the concepts of play and performance have become familiar and have been used in multiple contexts and projects. Performance has been and still is used to bridge the gap between curricular contents and the real world. Thus, enabling learning to be lived and embodied rather than just understood.
Digit-M-Ed meetings are organized to deal with controversial topics. Performances are used to trigger discussions about them as well to convey the knowledge produced in the process. At Stance Dual School, where participants Feliciana Amaral and Cristina Meaney also work, the teachers’ room was recently split during the political crisis lived in Brazil, and an atmosphere of animosity was created among teachers. Play and performance became key instruments to address this and other controversial issues during teachers’ development meetings. While working with students, performance was used in many different activities with different didactic purposes. For instance, students were asked to perform the role of different characters in stories they had read or to ask curious questions about a classmate’s vacation, as ways of exercising otherness.
Pontifica Universidade Catolica de Sao Paolo
Stance Dual School

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