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Using Drama to Break Down the Barriers in Language, Culture, and Communication in Berlin


INSTRUCTORS: Marisol Santana, EdD and José Angel Santana, PhD


In the symbolic city of Berlin, teachers will learn to break down the barriers of communication and culture between themselves, their students and society by practicing dramatic activities tailored to address their specific identified issues of cultural differences, disunity and disconnection within the classroom.


As classrooms are increasingly getting more diverse, teachers need approaches to bridge the gaps in language, culture, and communication. Drama can be the universal language to engage immigrant students who may need help assimilating to a new culture and language. Drama develops empathy, tolerance, and opens up perspectives about the world, our differences and the human condition.  


Participants will learn various drama methodologies such as Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, a Theatre for Mutual Understanding, and Theatre for Social Justice; as well as other conflict resolution techniques such as Active Listening to increase better relations between people of different cultures. 


Teachers will learn how to create a safe, engaging classroom that is conducive to open-hearted collaboration with students of all ages, cultures, economic statuses and nationalities. 




Participants will learn how to:


  • Incorporate drama methodologies to deal issues in language, communication, culture, or societal barriers within their specific populations. 

  • Build a safe engaging classroom environment that is conducive to tolerance, the acceptance and welcoming of differences, and intercultural collaboration.

  • Increase dialogue about social issues using drama techniques learned.  

  • Encourage deep listening with their students as conflict resolution skills are developed. 

  • Integrate drama and conflict resolution methodologies into their lesson plans and curriculum. 


Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs; Teacher trainers; Careers officers, educational guides and counselors; Headteachers; Principals; Managers of schools


*Regrettably, due to the worldwide outbreak of COVID19, all 2021 in-person workshops are currently postponed until further notice. We plan to resume as soon as it is safe to do so. We will update you as things progress. 

Berlin: TBD


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 

To make a reservation for this course, please click here to fill out our online application

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.

*Accommodation and airfare are not included in the price. Participants must book their own airfares. Please let us know if you need assistance with accommodation. 

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