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NAKANO Ryoko “Language Communication and Performance”

Course information

1. Lecture Subject PBL in Multicultural Environment
2. Lecture Title Language Communication and Performance
3. Number of Credits 2
4. Eligible Years Undergraduate
5. Instructor NAKANO Ryoko
6. Term/Day/Period Second Semester/ Monday/ 4th Period (14:40~16:10)
7. Language of Instruction English
8. Class Outline, Objectives In this class students will develop an understanding of intercultural communication studies and through group work and workshops recognize the complications and difficulties that arise in communication. Theatrical workshops by Rengyo sensei (professional writer, director, actor) and other guest speakers , and tasks of creating performances and discussions with classmates will be given in the class, and students will gain experiences in intercultural communication and resolving problems. During the fall/winter semester students will focus on problems regarding language communication which arise in intercultural situations.
9. Class Schedule Every class consists of some of theater game/activity (icebreaker), lecture, group work, discussion, and workshop, which is required to connect with the performance presentation.
This course will be conducted in person for Tohoku students.
Students from other universities may participate online.

Week 1 Orientation
Week 2 Workshop (1)
Week 3 Language Communication
Week 4 Theater Play and Communication
Week 5 Workshop (2)
Week 6 Nonverbal Communication
Week 7 Psychological Safety
Week 8 Interweaving Cultures in Performance (Dance Workshop)
Week 9 Posing and Communication (Posing Workshop)
Week 10 Workshop (3)
Week 11 Scenario Revitalization from Case Study
Week 12 Creating Performances from Scenario
Week 13 Reharsal for the Recital
Week 14 Costume Rehearsal
Week 15 Performance Day, Reflection on Performances and Conclusion
10. Evaluation/Assignments 1. Participation and Reflection Paper 60%
2. Performance Presentation 20%
3. Final Essay 20%
11. Textbooks 「Intercultural Communication in Contexts, 5th Ed.」 Martin, Judith. & Nakayama, Thomas. New York: McGraw-Hill. 2010
12. Out of Class Study Students are expected to do the things listed below (ca. 4 hours/week):
・Reading through the reference material (ca. 1 hour/week);
・Being conscious of your daily communication;
・Writing reflection cards (ca. 1 hour/week);
・Writing about problems/observations from daily communication (ca. 1 hour/week);
・Writing about problems/observations from communication at workshops and the
process of creating a performance work (ca. 1 hour/week);
・Practice and rehearsal for a final performance; and
・Writing the Final Essay.
13. Notes on Enrolling
14. Syllabus URL Language Communication and Performance
15. ICL Enrollment Limit 10
16. Language Requirements This course is taught in English. Students who wish to study in English are also welcome.
17. Frequency of Intercultural Collaborative Learning Activities 100%
18. Other (Notes for ICL Enrollees)
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