Learn to Teach English and any other Subject with Drama - Helsinki
Available in: Amsterdam, Dublin, Helsinki, Cefalù
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Drama has multiple uses in education. It addresses and activates bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, musical, as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal learning, resulting in significantly increased student engagement and enjoyment. It also facilitates the development of empathy and critical thinking skills as situations are reflected upon and discussed.
Moreover, practices in drama enrich the teaching and learning of English (TESOL) and other language pedagogies by facilitating the advancement of fluency, helping students to embody language meaning (through movement, mirroring, and emotional catharsis), which results in the acceleration of communication skills.
In this course, participants will experience how drama in education practices can enhance the learning of languages or any subject. Teachers will learn dramatic activities that can be modified and integrated into lesson plans for any language, subject, level, age, or cultural population.
Together, we will utilize the Actor’s Toolbox (Body, Voice, Imagination, Concentration, and Cooperation) to practice and design activities based on the four components of language learning: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing. Participants will be guided in how to build a safe “theatre ensemble” in the classroom to develop trust and respect for peers, as well as the advanced collaborative skills needed for academia, the professional world, and life.
Drama in education pioneers and their methodologies, such as Dorothy Heathcote’s process drama, Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, and Viola Spolin’s “Theater Games”, will be studied and practiced with a specific focus on elementary, secondary, and adult applications.
Each day we will identify specific learning objectives, and then engage in dramatic activities, games, and improvisational exercises. Participants will be guided through collaborative group projects where everyone will learn how to write and devise scenes, monologues, short plays, and lesson plans by applying the drama methodologies practiced.
The practical application and integration of drama into the language or multi-subject classroom will motivate forums for reflection, analysis, discussion, and transformation as we address each day’s focus questions and fulfill individually identified goals.
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Course categories: Languages and CLIL and Creativity and Soft Skills
Languages and CLIL: You can teach a foreign language by using various methods, that is why we provide courses on many different aspects of language learning. Depending on which teaching skill you want to foster, you can choose from courses on proficiency, accuracy and fluency, or you can learn about innovative teaching strategies, with and without digital tools. Also, we offer many courses on Content and Language Integrated Learning with various topics related to traditional school subjects or to the culture of a European country.
Creativity and Soft Skills: By fostering critical thinking and communicative abilities, an educator can develop better relationships with students, colleagues, and students’ parents, thus obtaining higher learning outcomes. If you want to expand both your creative thinking and storytelling skills, you should check out our Creativity and Soft Skills courses. They can help you design stimulating activities which aim to promote entrepreneurship and collaboration among your students.
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