Drama Techniques for the English Classroom 2019
The course is aimed at introducing drama and improvisation techniques to the participants to enhance and extend the English
language teacher’s communication skills and to provide the teacher with the confidence to use these new skills as methodology in
the English language classroom for language development and use. The participant will leave this course with a comprehensive
variety of engaging and productive activities that are designed to complement language learning by encouraging the English
language student with a real desire to listen, speak and write fluently, actively and creatively. This course also provides a large
amount of English practice throughout.
Programme of the training activities
• Developing an effective learning environment through group dynamics and co-ordination as well as trust work
• Improvisation classroom activities, for enriching communication skills, self confidence, spontaneity and risk taking
• Freeing the body: the instrument of communication to enhance social and professional communication
• The study of body language communication and gesture. Improving confidence and effective interaction in class
• Developing improvisational skills for further creative story and dialogue using gesture and voice
• Creating a desire to write stories, monologues and dialogues. How to feedback and assess activities in class
• Freeing the voice: breathing and voice techniques for the language teacher including difficult pronunciation work
• Colouring speech. Looking at intonation, word stress, pauses, pronunciation, lifting words from the text and techniques for
enriching spoken English for personal and professional development
• Introduction to Shakespeare: sonnets, monologues and soliloquies. Punctuation and identifying Shakespeare’s rhythm and
using one monologue and chosen literature on a theme for language development
• Approach to studying and interpreting a variety of texts examining pronunciation, punctuation, language and rhythm through
poetry and then a study of prose, monologues and duologues including voice texts for narration, radio and television
• Presentation of a chosen text to the class as a conclusion to the course which will be assessed by peers or a presentation of
drama/improvisation based activities on a theme for the language classroom
Description of training content:
Participants are not obliged to read books mentioned before the course starts but they may find the contents helpful for
understanding improvisation and its value for the language classroom. At least 3 weeks prior to the course students should
submit a brief outline indicating desires and needs as well as objectives after attending the course.
Objectives and expected results
The course aims to develop teachers’ comprehension of improvisation/ drama methodology for use in the language
classroom and to enhance classroom teacher performance and explore effective professional communication and English
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