Assessing performative competence in German ELF-classrooms – The task of teachers and learners

Thumbnail Image
Bosenius, Petra
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Department of German, University College Cork
Research Projects
Organizational Units
Journal Issue
When it comes to categorizing what pupils in a German English language classroom do when they are taking over roles and enacting scenes, a variety of terms is usually applied, e.g. acting-out, role-play, scenic play, drama-based education, scenic improvisation, to name but a few. Drama in English Language Teaching (ELT) enables pupils to change perspectives and put themselves into the shoes of other personae thereby learning English in a holistic and creative manner that equally appeals to all senses. The question arises how teachers (and learners) can assess drama activities in an EFL-context. In order for assessment formats to yield conclusive insights into the achievements to be gained in performative EFL-classrooms, the former have to be based upon a sound understanding of the essential elements the construct of performative competence comprises. Therefore, firstly a definition of performative competence will be presented and practical examples of drama activities related to different school levels within the German school system will be provided. Secondly, the teacher’s tasks during drama activities in the EFL-classroom will be discussed, and thirdly, the agents and goals of assessing drama activities in ELT will be outlined before one generic assessment sheet will be introduced and analysed in detail.
Bosenius, P. (2017) 'Assessing performative competence in German ELF-classrooms – The task of teachers and learners', Scenario: A Journal of Performative Teaching, Learning, Research, XI(2), pp. 51-66.