Workshops: Drama – part 2

Here are the last of the drama workshops on offer at the end of this month in Bratislava.

Jasmina Milicevic (Serbia)  

Jasmina photoDare to be different (drama: A1-A2) Friday, Workshop B

The workshop will present how a creative process in an ELT classroom can result in a whole play or sketch tackling some problems teenagers face in their everyday lives. We will be using different drama techniques in the workshop e.g., forum theatre, improvisation, etc. At the end of the workshop the groups of the participants will hopefully present their dramatic view of the solution to a problem given to them.

Jasmina is a primary school English teacher of students aged 7 to 14 . She also leads the school English Drama Club, putting on several plays dealing with different topics students meet in their everyday lives (ecology, bullying, stereotypes, discrimination vs. tolerance, being different, etc.)

Martin Jelinek (Slovakia)

Whatever you say, say it right (drama: B1-C1) Friday, Workshop Amartin jelinek

This workshop takes you through methodology and practical examples of natural and cross-cultural acquisition of language skills needed for a high-standard as well as unbuttoned daily communication. It is aimed at all kinds of students, whether business people or spoilt teenagers. The whole workshop is based on current ways of acquiring a foreign language, that is, through slogans, social media statuses, lyrics, Instagram, Facebook, eCards, and so on…It is basically playing with English words, creating catchy slogans, sayings, using modern smartphone apps (subliminally applying grammar rules).

Martin has 15 years of experience and has worked for private and state language schools as well as universities. His company Bright House Language Institute offers seminars and training for teachers, managers, public speakers and business people specializing in speech delivery, public speaking, communication protocol, presenting, reporting and English for specific purposes. His last overseas placement took him to Honduras, where he taught ESL classes at Unitec, Laureate International Universities and was voted the Teacher of the Year for 2010 by the school council. Besides running his own business, he works as an assistant lecturer at the University of Presov, Institute of English and American Studies, where he teaches Speech Communication and Language Competence and is also an active Cambridge Oral Examiner.

And one 90-minute practical workshop with David Fisher!

Having fun while teaching – should we do it? (Saturday, Workshops F & G)001portretj

A Swiss student once told a teacher, ‘Please, Mr Jenkins, we have been laughing for five minutes now, I think we should learn something.’

This workshop by David Fisher of The Bear Educational Theatre, Prague, will introduce a number of fun drama-based activities that can be adapted for classroom teaching at different levels. It will also open a discussion about the role of fun in the classroom. When is having fun ‘legitimate’ and helpful? Can it become a distraction from the real process of learning? Where are the boundaries?




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