This course is for all professionals who want to improve their skills as facilitators of theater workshops and learn how to better make use of drama methods in education in order to increase creativity, motivation and engagement among learners.

The participants will learn about the drama methodology and improvisation theater techniques through hands on methods, role-plays, simulation exercises etc. The nature of this course is highly practical and hands on, so the participants will experience themselves the theater-based techniques while also reflecting on how to apply them to their context. They will learn how to design theater-based workshops and their multiple benefits for teaching values, skills, languages and other topics.

Objectives

  • To get to know new practical and engaging drama techniques through hands-on methods.
  • Acquire knowledge about drama methodology and improvisation theater techniques.
  • To learn how to design theater-based lessons and the role of the facilitator.
  • To gain the confidence to lead and run theater-based lessons.
  • To learn how to increase creativity, spontaneity, intuition and active listening in the classroom.
  • To gain new ideas on how to integrate theater-based techniques in foreign language and native language learning.
  • To get inspired on how to integrate the drama approach in extracurricular activities and as a separate study subject.
  • To exchange of good practices on the use of theater techniques in education and expand and build on previous knowledge.
  • Acquire knowledge on how to care and preserve our voice when speaking in public for many hours (vocal hygiene and vocal care).
  • Get inspired on how to encourage a stimulating and open learning environment and foster collective learning.

Training activities

DAY 1

Getting to know each other, building group cohesion and trust
Techniques to facilitate participation and motivation in the classroom
Presentations from all participants (prepared before the course)
Preparing the facilitator of theater classes

  • Physical awareness and body awakening
  • Removing fears and getting out of the comfort zone
  • Learning to connect with our playful side

DAY 2

The role of the facilitator in theater classes
Basic tools to exercise and optimize the voice, intonation and body language
Breathing techniques
Cooperation, self-expression and conflict resolution through theater
Group reflections and discussions on the theater methodology in class

DAY 3

Improvisation theater
Developing spontaneity, intuition and active listening
Exercise: Expressing emotions through body movements
Verbal, non-verbal and paraverbal communication
Exercise in pairs: The importance of eye-contact
Drama and improvisation theater in extracurricular education
Exchange of good practices on integrating drama methodology in other subjects

DAY 4

Drama methodology
The design of theater-based lessons (styles, character composition, setting, the structure of an improvisation scene etc.)
Role plays and simulation exercises
Theater as a tool to teach languages (vocabulary, improving phonetic competences and narrative abilities)
Generating empathy with learners that do not speak the language

DAY 5

Practical work: representation of the results in front of an audience
Open discussion on possible future collaborations and planning follow up activities
Summary of key learning points
Final course evaluation and feedback
Validation of learning outcomes and handling certificates

Methodology

We tailor our working methods based upon the participants‘ needs and professional profiles in order to ensure easier adaptability and application of the tools to the real life.

This course is uses theater-inspired methodology. We have a hands on approach that comprises various drama techniques such as role plays, simulation exercises, mime and group dynamics.

Our teaching methodology is based on active learning and it is highly participative and practical. Also, we use collaborative learning techniques to foster the exchange of good practices and collective learning.

Energizers, games and group dynamics are foreseen daily in order to ensure a positive energy and a cooperative learning climate in the group.

Group reflections and daily brief feedback sessions are planned to help adapting the learning programme to the specific needs of the participants.

We organize optional social and cultural activities in order to give the participants the opportunity to get to know the Canarian and Spanish culture as well as to do some professional networking and exchange good practices.

Certification and validation of learning outcomes

  • Certificates of attendance, including a description of the training content
  • Support with the Europass mobility certificates – to be issued by the applicant’s National Agency

Upon request, we also provide educational centers with additional documents that are required to certify the presence to the course and the competences learned. For example, we provide photos of the training course that can be used for dissemination purposes.

 

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