What ‘Learn English through Drama’ is
Learn English through Drama is a training format for teaching and learning English as second language. It is the result of years of experience in teaching languages and communication skills.
It puts together the most effective methods for teaching through drama, such as Process Drama and Strategic Interaction, for instance. Also, it is based on the suggestopedic principles (though it is not a suggestopedic language course), which is what really sets this format apart from other theatre-based courses.
Learn English through Drama focuses on the speaking skills in order to take the students’ English to the next level and boost students’ confidence in speaking English.
The main training goals are the following ones:
- To enable the students to express themselves creatively and spontaneously in different communicative contexts
- To make the students confident in speaking English and at ease in the words they speak.
Who it is designed for
It is designed for teenagers and adults with an intermediate level in English.
It is suitable for people who can speak English already and have studied the English grammar, but want to improve their fluency, consolidate their knowledge of the grammar and get their English closer to the language spoken by English native speakers.
NO ACTING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. This is an English course and doesn’t aim to train actors.
What students learn: course contents
The course programme covers a number of contents the students work on, for instance:
- The sounds of English: articulation, pronunciation, intonation
- Phrasal verbs
- Use of verb tenses in dialogues and storytelling
- Reading skills
- The communicative registers of spoken English
- Reviewing and consolidating the grammar rules.
The training programme aims to improve 4 key skills areas:
- VOCABULARY. During a Learn English through Drama course, the students invest the 40% of the time in learning and practicing new words and expressions, such as idioms and phrasal verbs that make their spoken English sound natural to an English native speaker.
- COMMUNICATIVE REGISTERS. Another consistent part of the time (25%) is dedicated to develop the students’ skills to switch the different communicative registers and use either formal or informal English according to the situations and the contexts. This part is about choosing the right words as well as using the body language properly.
- THE SOUNDS OF ENGLISH. The students practice articulation, pronunciation and intonation throughout the whole course and through specific exercises.
- GRAMMAR. The students brush up their knowledge of the grammar rules through both specific grammar games and plays or scripts. The course doesn’t give much space to the study of the grammar theory, though the drama activities give the chance to review some topics and consolidate them.
What the students do during the course
The students are involved in grammar games and drama exercises based both on drama scripts (specifically chosen and/or written for the course) and improvisation.
Different types of exercises used in order to improve the students’ English skills:
- Grammar exercises and games
- Reading exercises
- Writing dialogues, stories and scripts
- Memorising and playing scripts
- Improvising dialogues and monologues
- Group and individual exercises to improve students’ self-confidence in speaking English.
How the course is structured
Learn English through Drama course lasts either 1 week or 2 weeks. Courses are available all year round.
Who the teachers are
Our teachers are all English native speakers. They are experienced drama instructors and got certified in teaching English as a second language.