Spring seminars

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Spring seminars

Time Year Contents
1 2007* Theme: ‘How to learn through the whole body: Workshop employing dramatic activities’

  • Keynote speech: ‘Situations of lessons reform in Japan and dramatic knowledge'(Watanabe Jun)
  • Workshop (WS): ‘Experience dramawork’ (Takao Takashi, Yoshida Mariko, Kobayashi Yuriko & Watanabe Jun)
  • Mini-symposium: ‘Possibilities of education employing the dramatic approach’
2 2008 Theme: ‘Can dramawork change education?: Current situations of drama in education in the UK’

  • Speech: ‘Daring to be different'(J. Neelands)
  • WS: ‘Ubasute (Abandoning aged women in the mountains to save the community from the burden of supporting them)’ (J. Neelands)
  • Discussion: ‘Can dramawork change education?’ (J. Neelands & Watanabe Jun; Chair: Kobayashi Yuriko)
3 2009 Theme: ‘Dramawork changes learning: Exploring new horizons of education for expression and communication’

  • Symposium: ‘From the university: Lessons reform’ (Hirata Oriza, Yokota Masahiro & Tadashi Yoshiaki; Chair: Watanabe Jun)
  • WSs:
    • ‘Before the tournament’ (Watanabe Chikage)
    • ‘The natural environment of Yambaru’ (Takeda Fumiko)
    • ‘Hagata (Bite Mark)’ (Miyazaki Michiharu)
    • ‘Japanese immigrants in Brazil’ (Kobayashi Yuriko)
4 2010 Theme: ‘Sixteen techniques of drama to explore new horizons of learning: Improve your lessons with techniques of drama!’

  • Keynote speech: ‘Teachers’ specialities and competence in practicing activities’ (Watanabe Jun)
  • Symposium: ‘Educational perspectives on dramawork, dramatic Knowledge and citizenship’ (Nakamura Takafumi, Miyazaki Michiharu & Morozumi Keiko)
  • WSs:
    • Freeze frames ‘Acting Out “Last Supper”‘ (Nakahara Michitaka & Sekine Mari)
    • Hot seating ‘Studying “Gun Society America”‘ (Hatsuumi Shigeru & Fujita Mariko)
    • The mantle of the expert ‘Becoming an “Expert in tourism”‘ (Aoki Sachiko & Wada Toshihiko)
    • Role-playing ‘Rethinking about the ‘parent-teacher relationship’ (Morozumi Keiko & Watanabe Takahiro)
5 2011 Theme: ‘Warm-ups to learning: 70 techniques to cultivate the ground for communication’

  • Keynote speech: ‘Saturating participatory activities and the future of communication in education’ (Watanabe Jun)
  • WSs: ‘Designing warm-up programmes before kids are back’
    (Miyazaki Michiharu, Takayama Noboru, Takeda Fumiko, Shimoyama Masayoshi, Fujimaki Akira & Fujii Hiromu)

    • Dramatic activity ‘Exploring ways to employ a dramatic activity “freeze frames”’ (Sekine Mari, Sumikawa Akiko, Watanabe Chikage & Yoshida Mariko)
    • ‘Developing “My CM” out of a story around songs’ (Aoki Sachiko, Fujita Mariko, Hayakawa Norio & Morozumi Keiko)
    • The forum theatre ‘A teacher encounters the sight of bullying:
      In search for an alternative solution’ (Wada Toshihiko, Hatsuumi Shigeru, Watanabe Takahiro & Takao Takashi)
6 2012 Theme: ‘Nurturing citizens under acquisiton-oriented education: Dramawork, researchwork & communication’

  • Keynote speech: ‘The current situations of dramatic knowledge and lesson studies’ (Watanabe Jun)
  • Practice report: ‘My practice at Yamaguchi Prefectural Yamaguchi Agricultural High School’ (Aoki Sachiko)
  • Symposium: ‘An attempt for a critical review of the Aoki practice’ (Nakano Takafumi, Miyazaki Michiharu & Watanabe Takahiro)
  • WSs:
    • Bridging story-telling and dramawork: ‘A picture book “My village is the most beautiful in the world”‘ (Sekine Mari & Miyazaki Michiharu)
    • Bridging researchwork and dramawork ‘I am an earthworm’ (Fujita Mariko & Takayama Noboru)
    • Employing the dramatic approach in a university class ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ (Yoshida Mariko & Takeda Fumiko)
7 2013**
  • WSs:
    • Experience warm-up activities (Tagaya Shozo, Takayama Noboru, Aoki Sachiko & Sekine Mari)
    • ‘Considering “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” through drama’ (Yoshida Mariko & Takeda Fumiko)
    • Symposium: ‘Reconsidering physicality of learning: from the points of view of educational communication and dramatic knowledge’
      • Miyazaki Michiharu ‘Deepening learning by employing dramatic activities’
      • Komatsu Ritsuko ‘Educational practice to open the mind and the body’
      • Fujii Hiromu ‘Learning at the university level and physicality’

*Held as the 5th workshop of the Intercultural Education Society of Japan (IESJ).
**Programmes at the 34th annual convention of the IESJ.

Warm-ups to Learning

― 70 Techniques to Cultivate the Ground for Communication ―

It is a pleasure to announce our fifth annual seminar. Our goal is to let our students “learn through the whole body.” Activities can work as tools, i.e., common language, which enable participatory/acquisitive learning. In this seminar, 70 of such activities that create relaxed atmosphere for learning are to be introduced. All these activities have been judged to encourage students to speak out and take action, only after they were practiced by our members at primary schools through univiersities
The keynote address will touch upon our past practices and research and consider the impact of introducing activities to everyday lessons on communication in the classroom. In the first workshops, participants will have a chance to experience various warm-up activities. The following workshops will provide an opportunity to see how activities can be implemented beyond the borders of subject areas, on the basis of “teacher training programmes” and “literature” in which dramatic conventions are employed.
The seminar will mark a day to exchange ideas about the concepts of our propositions and their implementation.


  1. Opening ceremony (10:00-10:20)
  2. Keynote address “Saturating Participatory Activities and the Future of Communication in Education” (10:20-11:00)
       Watanabe Jun (Nihon University)

  3. Workshop 1 Choose one. (11:10-12:30)
     “Designing Warm-up Programmes before Kids Are Back”

      ・Miyazaki Michiharu (Toho Elementary School)
       Shimoyama Masayoshi (Minami Middle School, Higashi-Kurume)
      ・Takayama Noboru (Wako High School)
       Fujimaki Akira (Meguro Gakuin High School)
      ・Takeda Fumiko (Ritsumeikan University)
       Fujii Hiromu (Graduate School, Nihon University)


  4. Workshop 2 (13:30-14:55) / Workshop 3 (15:00-16:25)
    Choose one each
     A: “Exploring ways to employ a dramatic activity ‘Freeze frame’”
      2-A: Sekine Mari (Keimei Gakuen)
        ・Watanabe Chikage (Toho Girls’ School)

      3-A: Sumikawa Akiko (Atomi Gakuen)
        ・Yoshida Mariko (Tsuda College)
     B: “Developing ‘My CM’ out of a story around songs”
      2-B: Aoki Sachiko (Atomi Gakuen )
        ・Hayakawa Norio (Nakamura High School)
      3-B: Fujita Mariko (Muroran Otani High School)

        ・Morozumi Keiko (Ooi High School, Saitama)
     C: “Forum theatre ‘A teacher encounters the sight of bullying’
       — In search for an alternative solution—”

      2-C: Wada Toshihiko (Meisei High School)
        ・Watanabe Takahiro (Tezukayama University)
      3-C: Hatsuumi Shigeru (Matsuki Middle School)

        ・Takao Takashi (Tokyo Gakugen University)

  5. Closing meeting (16:30-17:10)
       *Party (optional)

   Cameras: Nakahara Michitaka (Meguro High School)
        Tagaya Shozo (Higashi-Yamato Dai-3 Middle School)

Time & Day: Saturday, 26/03/2011
Venue: 100th Anniversary Hall, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University
(8 minutes’ walk from Shimotakaido Station, Keio Line
Click here for a map provided by the university.)
Number limit: 60 (Will close upon reaching the limit)
Fee: Y3,000 (Addt’l Y2,000 if you attend the party)
Hosted by: Society for Acquisition-Oriented Learning
(President: Watanabe Jun)
Note: Dress casually so you can join the activities.