More than words - a passionate vision: building cultural and communication competence through drama/theatre
Source TitleApplied Theatre Researcher/IDEA Journal
University of Melbourne Author/sBLIGHT, ROSEMARY
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsBlight, R. (2003). More than words - a passionate vision: building cultural and communication competence through drama/theatre. Applied Theatre Researcher/IDEA Journal, 4, article no. 10.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2003 Rosemary Blight. The definitive version is available at http://www.griffith.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/54966/more-than-words.pdf
Cultural competence is critical to international students' successful tertiary study in Australia. In 1990 a compulsory study of Drama, as a prerequisite for entry to university, was pioneered as a means of overcoming the shortfalls of the language-based approach. Paradoxically it is the use of mime, movement and non-verbal activities that build the foundation of confidence and empowerment for the non-native speakers of English. Fourteen years since its inception, the Drama program goes from strength to strength and is more relevant than ever.
Keywordscultural competence; communication competence; drama; theatre; international students; tertiary study; Australia
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