This highly interactive teacher training course provides a solid introduction to using Drama in the language classroom; the course covers a broad span of teaching ideas and activities to enliven lessons and make them more motivating, and places a strong emphasis on developing practical skills for the classroom. The course is useful for both those with some experience of drama and theatre as well as those new to the field.
After registration, participants on this course programme will receive:
At the end of the course, you will:
If you are from a country outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will need a visa. Students from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in the UK. You can check if you need to apply for a visa on the UK Visas and Immigration website.
In the unlikely event of a course not recruiting sufficient numbers you would be offered an alternative.
|TIME||Session One||Session Two||Session Three|
Introduction to the course: objectives and methodology
- participants' experience of and understanding of drama
|Introduction to the uses of drama in the language classroom|
Who are the students, what are the objectives, and how does this relate to the curriculum or syllabus being followed?
What is “drama” and how does this differ from theatre studies?
- types of drama
|TUESDAY||Drama and drama games ideas in published material|
- sources and lesson ideas
- language competence/level
- building a project or piecemeal exercises?
|Team building activity and feedback |
- drama as a means of communication using physical response
- drama activities to develop awareness of space, time, and voice - 1:1:1 role-plays
|Producing training materials
Group Workshop for materials production based around drama activities - how much teacher input/student input? - autonomous learning - creativity, word substitution
|WEDNESDAY||Defining learners’ current and future needs |
- Key functional and communication skills
- integrating language areas into practice
– accessing characterisation
- use of pitch, rhythm, tempo, emphasis, stress
- costume - music - impact - confidence - culture
|Using authentic materials
Group Workshop with focus on
- composing authentic materials for practice
- voice, self-projection, movement, improvisation
|THURSDAY||Systems and methods |
- method acting
- mask work
- using scripts?
- memorising and rote-learning
- what is “performance”?
|Language Feedback / Video playback|
- theatrical genre and period
- using language while directing/producing - processing the learning experience
- reviewing performance criteria
- present and discuss issues - Time, space, cost, management, - outcomes evaluation - how to lead the whole project successfully
|FRIDAY||Presenting a Drama project|
Preparing a project: Trainees enact an authentic drama-based learning exercise - degrees of challenge
- risk analysis
- knowledge of the key pedagogy behind using Drama-based methods in the language classroom - criteria for success - means of assessment
|Personal Action Plan further professional development
Review and feedback.