Course: Drama in TEFL

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Course title Drama in TEFL
Course code KAJ/DRV
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Vernyik Zénó, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Muffett Christopher, Mgr. M.A.
Course content
!! Warning, this course is not taught in the Winter Semester of the academic year 2020/2021 as a result of the online régime introduced because of COVID19 !! Week 1: Introduction to the course, students' expectations and experience. Icebreakers: getting to know each other. Terminology. Week 2: Body Awareness and Expression: what can you do with your body and what can your body do with you (body language, miming, gestures). Week 3: Voice Expression: speak, shout, whisper, mumble, articulate! (exploring of one's own voice, articulation exercises). Week 4: Getting to know your group: performing means also cooperating (pair and group work, collective activities, improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed games). Week 5: Harvesting: tell me the story (finding a story to work with). Week 6: Text and acting: analyze your character (personality differences, monologues, dialogues). Week 7-9: Theatre play and performance: what does it require? (play analysis, working out the script, planning). Week 10-14: Preparation of the performance: we want to play in public so we need to work hard! (rehearsals, preparation of material, prompts, music)

Learning activities and teaching methods
Individual creative and artistic activities, Active metods (simulation, situational contingency methods, drama,acting, namagerial acting )
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 17 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to improve students' communication skills in English through a range of drama activities. Students will be exposed to a variety of different dramatic principles and techniques. They will explore drama from various points of view: as a form of literary text, a way of communicating ideas, a teaching strategy and finally as performance art. We will work with topics such as concentration, energy, group dynamics and cohesion, improvisation, active listening, verbal expression and trust, all very much needed in language acquisition. During the semester, students are involved in a range of drama activities that help to improve their knowledge of productive skills and discourse in English and precise the expression of their body language used in teaching of a language. These activities should lead to a possible drama performance at the end of the semester.
Basic elements of drama and the use of drama techniques in teaching.
Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of the English Language.

Assessment methods and criteria
Systematické pozorování studenta

!! Warning, this course is not taught in the Winter Semester of the academic year 2020/2021 as a result of the online régime introduced because of COVID19 !! The course is finished with a credit. To obtain the credit students are required to: - participate in classes (no more than 3 absences) - complete all home assignments - help with the script and staging and participate in the public performance
Recommended literature
  • Boal, Augusto. Games for Actors and Non-Actors. London, 2002.
  • Johnstone, Keith. Impro for Storytellers. London, 1999.
  • Ladousse, Gillian Porter. Role Play. Oxford, 1987.
  • Maley, Alan and Alan Duff. Drama Techniques: A Resource Book of Communication Activities for Language Teachers. Cambridge, 2005.
  • Neelands, Jonothan and Tony Goode. Structuring Drama Work: 100 Key Conventions for Theatre and Drama. Cambridge, 2015.


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