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?




Workshops: Drama – part 1

Using drama in ELT is old hat for some folks but a brave new world for others. We’ve tried to put together a variety of practical workshops for you, ones we’re sure you’ll enjoy too. They cover the full range of ages and language levels. Here are  4 of them.

Tomáš Andrášik (CZ)

TAndrasik1Impro(wise) to improve (drama: B2) Saturday, Workshop D

Bring theatre improvisation to your classroom and empower especially communicative competence of your students. Simple, extremely engaging, motivating and spontaneous exercises that will energize. Practise vocabulary or tenses, learn how to rhyme, and simulate natural language use in authentic situations. Real training for real communication. This workshop requires active participation.

Tomas spent several years working with children and teenagers, he is former secondary school teacher of English, civics and psychology. Outside the university he currently works as a trainer, instructor and coach in organizations. He co-operates with IMPRO INSTITUT, Outward Bound – Ceska Cesta and he is an actor trainer in Horacke divadlo Jihlava. At the moment, he is a postgraduate student in methodology of foreign language teaching and he conducts research on using drama and theatre improvisation as a tool in personal and social development and foreign language teaching.

Dragana Andrić (Serbia)

Liven up your lessons with drama (drama: A1-A2) Saturday, Workshop EDragana Andrić

The texts our coursebooks mostly consist of might not always be motivating enough. Using a different approach could make a great difference. Drama-based activities, presented in this workshop, could bring the characters from those stories to life and immerse the students into the fictional world of the story.

Dragana has been teaching English in a state school for more than 15 years. She has worked with students aged 7 to 15. She is a member of ELTA and SEETA teachers’ associations. She completed Special Education and Differentiated Instruction in the Context of TEFL Teaching course with the AEI – American English Institute, University of Oregon. She is highly interested in Learning Technologies, Using drama in ELT and Special Educational Needs.

Mona Arvinte (Romania)

mona arvinte 2Knowing me, knowing you…let’s act together and be true! (drama: B1) Saturday, Workshop H

Drama activities can sparkle the class, reduce stress and monotony and bring everything back to life. This workshop is aimed at demonstrating this by showing a few practical ideas suitable to motivate students, create confidence in speaking, promote learning and language acquisition in a more creative and engaging way. I expect participants to take an active part in this workshop and be fearless in trying out new experiences related to drama use in the ELT classroom. I am mostly keen on using role-play and improvisation techniques, so let’s pretend! “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.”

Mona has been teaching English to children aged 10 to 14 since 2001 in her hometown, Targu Frumos, Romania. She wants to get them speaking English, so she uses all sorts of techniques to provide interaction through communicative activities. Drama is one of them. They are encouraged to explore English through imagination and creativity, as well as other forms of communication, such as movement, dance, action and role-play.


Sharka Dohnalova (CZ)

Multisensory drama for teaching literature and history (drama: B1) Friday, Workshop CSharka

This workshop will lead you through a historical period and a life of a person living in the said period in one famous story. We will go from your personal experience to the experience of the historical time period and the experience of the particular character. At the end of the workshop you should be able to understand the period and the life and the motives of the literary character.

Sharka has been teaching English since 1993. In 1998 she started teaching at JAMU and studied a course of Drama for English teaching organised by the British Council (a 3-year course). Since 2007 she has been teaching at the Faculty of Education at Masaryk University in Brno focusing on VYL and YL, Drama, and Phonetics.