Participants must be practising classroom teachers of English and have a minimum of two years' English language teaching experience of secondary pupils or adult learners. The course is not intended for native speakers of English, for teacher trainees or for primary teachers.
The emphasis of the course is on developing participants' awareness of dramatic techniques and confidence to make use of them in the language classroom.
drama-based activities (e.g. mime, role play, scenarios, improvisation)
the use of drama in the teaching of literature (e.g. dramatising literary texts; using song, TV and DVD)
voice skills (e.g. storytelling)
supporting the teaching of structure and skills
Note: This course does not focus on acting skills, drama productions or literary discussion.
The course aims:
To introduce teachers to a wide range of dramatic techniques with relevance for the language teaching classroom and the principles underlying these techniques.
To give teachers practical experience of how dramatic techniques may be used in English as a Foreign Language.
To give teachers experience of performing their own sketches.
The approach to each of these topics is through experience of the activity as learners, discussion of the underlying principles and practicalities as teachers, and workshops.