David Kluge has been an English teacher for 40 years, 36 of them in Japan, 32 of them at the universities. His areas of interest are Performance in Education (speech, drama, debate, oral interpretation, readers theatre, etc.), academic writing, oral communication, and cooperative learning. He has co-written textbooks on academic writing (Cengage/National Geographic Learning) and oral communication (Macmillan Learning). He is the co-coordinator of JALT's Performance in Education SIG.
Because of COVID-19, many ELT teachers have had to teach classes online as ERT (emergency remote teaching). Aside from technology, three major ERT problems are motivation, class cohesion, and feedback. This workshop will introduce a performance activity, Living Newspaper Readers Theatre (LNRT), that will address these three problems. It will first describe what LNRT is and then how to do it, with examples of performances and how they build motivation and class cohesion. The latter part of the workshop will concern how to effectively give online feedback about performances. Specifically, we will show examples of rubrics and discuss how they can be used for giving students feedback, training them about what to look for when giving each other feedback, and how to articulate such feedback to peers. The examples in this workshop were optimized for ERT but can be done face-to-face, and indeed have been for the last ten years.