TEACHING LANGUAGES THROUGH DRAMA


Workshop Objectives:

The training is aimed at introducing educational drama techniques with an emphasis on process drama to Language Teachers. Using drama to teach languages results in real communication involving ideas, emotions, feelings, adaptability; an opportunity to use language in operation which is absent in a conventional language class. Such activities add to the teachers’ toolbox giving them a wider option of learner-centred activities and improve their communication skills and creativity, thereby augmenting their efficiency in teaching languages.
The participants will leave this course with a comprehensive variety of engaging drama games, structure to plan a lesson based on drama activities that are designed to complement language learning by encouraging the students with a real desire to listen, speak and write fluently, actively and creatively.
Through this training we wish to promote this educational tool for the following reasons:
A remarkable percentage of European youth has problems finding a job because of a lack of skills or because of early school leaving. It is proven that educational theatre and drama have a significant and objectively measurable impact on five of the eight key competences influencing achievement in schools and employability such as:
– Communication in the mother tongue competence
– learning to learn competence
– Interpersonal, intercultural and social competences
– Civic competence
– Entrepreneurship and cultural expression
Resource: www.dramanetwork.eu

Educational drama is also really helpful for children and young people to get to know themselves better, to find their place in the world, to find out what they are really interested in that causes a significant growth of their motivation to stay in school and to find things they are interested in.

Introduction

The 5 days’ workshop would consist of a learning process through participation in activities offered by the trainers and an ongoing reflection on the pedagogical tools providing the framework of the activities. It will be an introduction to drama education – an introduction to the theory and practice – with an emphasis on practice – demonstrating the essential uses of drama as a tool for learning for teachers working in languages teaching. During the 5 days long course the teachers will be not only participants but they will have the chance to try and apply the techniques they learn. By the end of the course they will write their own lesson plan integrating drama techniques and will try out to facilitate part of their plan with the group. The main method that we will share in the training was born in the UK in the late 1970’s and became popular in the education system. DIE focuses on a specific issue, problem to live through it, to explore it. This specific problem appears in the framework of a fictional story and children and teachers sometime step in role to explore the questions and dilemmas in the story. Teachers and children work in collaboration and children have the freedom to feel the gaps in the stories. DIE workshops or classes provide learning opportunities to reflect on moral, social issues. This learning process can potentially bring changes in human behaviours.
We will explore different approaches to drama education – mapping out the difference in approach between pioneers in drama education (Heathcote, Bolton, Neelands, O’Neill) through examining their practice. Besides, the workshop will include icebreakers, concentration and trust games, group building games, image theatre, movement and sound games, storytelling, improvisation techniques, existing drama in education lesson plans, reflecting on the application of these techniques in languages Teaching through non-formal education methods, evaluation.

PROGRAMME

Day 1:

Welcome and Workshop Overview
Getting to know each other, team building exercises, icebreakers
Introduction to the theory and practice of educational drama
Concentration games using English words in pairs and in groups
Reflection time

Day 2:

Image theatre, improvisation games, trust games, storytelling
How to analyse an image and a story?
How to create scenes? How to build context and conflict? It will based on practical group exercises.
Reflection time

Day 3:

Introduction to the work of Dorothy Heathcote, video screening
Trying our Doroty Heacthcote’s process drama lesson plan
Analysing the steps of it, trying out the Mantle of expert and Teacher’s in role conventions
Reflection time
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Day 4:

Introduction to the work of Gavin Bolton, video screening
Trying our his lesson plan
Analysing the steps of it
Reflection time

Day 5:

How to structure process drama lesson to teach languages?
Lesson planning of the participants
Trying out in practice the lesson plans
Reflection, evaluation

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