Learn to Teach English and Other Subjects with Drama:
A One Week Teacher Training Course in collaboration with Europass Teacher Academy (Erasmus+ EU approved course provider):
In this course, participants will experience how Drama in Education practices can enhance the learning of languages or any subject. Drama addresses and activates bodily-kinesthetic, visual-spatial, linguistic-verbal, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal learning resulting in significant increased student engagement and enjoyment. It also facilitates the development of empathy and critical thinking skills as situations are reflected upon and discussed.
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 result in the acceleration of communication skills.
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. Teachers are guided in how to build a safe “theatre ensemble” in the classroom to develop trust and respect for peers and 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 are 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.
Participants will learn how to
Integrate drama into the language or multi-subject classroom, curriculum, and beyond.
Design more imaginative and engaging lesson plans aimed to achieve specific learning objectives.
Create a safe “ensemble” environment that will fine-tune group dynamics and energize collaborative group projects.
Improve cross-cultural tensions, language barriers and student-teacher communication.
Enhance the learning of languages with fun tools for advancing fluency by actively increasing self-confidence and expression.
Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs; Teacher trainers; Careers officers, educational guides and counselors; Headteachers; Principals; Managers of schools
Florence: July 6-10, July 13-17, August 3-7
Length of the course: 1 week Mon -Sat;
Course Schedule: 9:00 - 14:00 (first turn) or 14:00 - 19:00 (second turn)
Number of participants: max. 14;
Cultural activities included: City Guided Tour and 1 day Excursion;
Price: € 480,00
You will then receive confirmations from TESOL Drama and Europass Teacher Academy. Please do not book flights or accommodations until you receive a final confirmation from Europass Teacher Academy.
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“After 30 years of teaching and three published grammar books, I found this course to be a marvelous combination of artistic and drama techniques for the classroom, both creative and unusual. Under the guidance of Marisol and José, this remarkable group was able to bond in one day. I was inspired to rewrite a few pages of my curriculum and change the order of the grammar exercises to give the students more flexibility and chance to relate to each other like we did in the course. I intend to take this course again or another like it.”
- Barbara Bregstein, Spanish Professor & Founder of Educational Theatre of New York
“I’m still living off the positive vibes that Marisol and José put in motion this past summer. Every time I get a little or a lot frustrated at school, I look back to our week of team building and I feel ‘serene’ and confident. And, I try to pass that along to the children:
Happiness, confidence, and serenity.”
- Ann McCollum, Kindergarten Teacher, Italy
“This course reinvigorated me. It was a great balance of theory and practice, with a strong focus on practice and giving teachers tools to help students meaningfully engage in the learning process. In addition, Marisol and José were a wonderful teaching complement.
I highly recommend it.”
- Stacy Denny, Dean & Professor, University of The West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados
“I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to acquaint myself with a new perspective of language teaching and to enrich my methodological grounding. What impacted me most profoundly professionally and personally was the fact that I could learn about the different layers of my personality and those of the group members through the shared group experiences enhanced by the synthesis of the diverse tasks, which contributed greatly to the effectiveness of both individual and group work...Experiencing the impact of a new perspective and learning from enthusiastic and knowledgeable experts in an intercultural group environment will surely prove a life-long memory. I am grateful for the opportunity.”
- Anita Gaál-Szabó, Kindergarten Teacher, Hungary
“The course was a moving, psychological experience. We had lessons in a very friendly and funny environment, the atmosphere was professional and easy going as well. We learnt a lot and found it very useful. We felt over the moon.”
- Malgorzata Gawlińska Lazar and Katarzyna Kordek, Elementary &
Secondary School Teachers, Poland
“Thank you Marisol and thank you José, for creating such an open and inspirational atmosphere where learning from each other was fun! Well done group, great to have you all as "long-distance-drama&language-teacher-colleagues"!”
- Sanna Sova, Elementary School Teacher, Finland