Stuffed Pants! Staging Full-scale Comic Plays with Students of Italian as a Foreign Language


  • Filippo Fonio



Staging full-scale plays in Italian with French non-specialist students, following a predominantly product-oriented theatrical approach, may prove very beneficial in terms of students’ commitment and of intercultural learning. Students’ involvement in the staging project and their motivation in learning can be further stimulated by the staging of comic plays. As emphasized in this paper, the social approach to the comic which Henri Bergson proposes in Laughter (1900) offers many useful hints which can be exploited by teachers interested in teaching foreign languages through theatre practice. The paper also deals with the teaching of paralinguistic features, which is particularly interesting for students to explore in connection with the Italian comic tradition and the staging of full-scale plays.1


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