This 1 week course on Using Drama to Enhance Teaching is of significant benefit to teachers of students from age 10+ who wish to introduce the use of drama and improvisation in their classrooms as a way of stimulating their students interest in a range of subjects, to share ideas on best practice methodologies with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to retention of students interest in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students.
The primary objectives of this 1-week Using Drama in the Classroom course are
- to familiarise participants with key strategies for using drama in the classroom for students aged 10+
- to help develop participants’ skills in the use of improvisation in the classroom
- to help develop participants’ awareness of tools such as image theatre and the use of texts
- to help develop participants’ devise, develop and present a show for their own class
- to improve participants confidence in their own lesson delivery
- to provide an opportunity to develop and consolidate participants own language skills
- To promote awareness of contemporary Ireland
- To establish contacts between teachers from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
- To produce high-quality learning outcomes for participants thereby re-enforcing the capacity and international scope of their schools
By achieving these objectives we aim to assist schools to address identified needs outlined in their European Development Plan and to re-inforce the capacities and international scope of the participating organisations.
This is a practical, hands-on, participative course which focuses on the application of drama in the classroom. The input sessions are a blend of lecture format and practical activities. Throughout the course participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practice, consider alternative practices and try out a variety of classroom activities through workshops and presentations.
Participants will build up a portfolio of activities for their class and devise and develop a show of their own.
The morning sessions are complemented and reinforced by a series of related afternoon activities where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside of the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland
This course on Using Drama to Enhance Teaching is a 1week course consisting of 20 contact hours plus an extensive cultural programme which is directly linked to the morning sessions. Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday
On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. The Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.
To Apply for a Using Drama to Enhance Teaching Course
To make application for Erasmus+ funding for this course or any of our other in-service training courses for teachers please visit your National Agency website for full information on the application process.
About Alpha College
Alpha College is an approved training centre for the ACELS/QQI Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELT) and has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers who train prospective ELT teachers year-round. They are also practising teachers of English, experienced in using up-to-date methods with learners at all levels of language learning. In addition Alpha College has been providing in-service training courses for teachers from overseas for the last 17 years.
- Induction and introduction to the course
- Introduction to drama in the classroom. Key strategies and activities to introduce drama in the classroom
- An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city and allow participants to collect authentic materials for use in the classroom
- How to use improvisation in the classroom. Techniques for using improvisation
- Workshop: devising a show. Key considerations for the creation of a show
- Visit to Trinity College. Contribution of Trinity alumni to Irish and international academic affairs. Book of Kells and influence of early Irish missionaries in Europe. Collecting authentic materials
- Introduction to image theatre. How to implement this tool for groups who are confident with drama and groups with little or no experience
- Workshop – developing a show
- Guided Backstage tour of Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National theatre
- Using texts in the classroom. Bringing texts to life
- Voice in the classroom. Activities to focus on the importance of voice
- Visit to Sweny’s Pharmacy. Participate in a reading group and hear Joyce’s works brought to life
- Presentation of participants’ shows
- Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice. Establish of base and guidelines for future contact and networking
Programme including materials; excursions and activities as outlined in the programme
Host family accommodation; single room; half board
Student Self Catering Accommodation; (July & August and limited availability in June).
Single room with private bathroom; shared kitchen/living room.
5 minutes on foot from Alpha College and from city centre.
Airport Transfers (optional)