An Italian, a Spaniard and a Frenchman Walk Into a Bar… — An Improv Workshop for Language Teachers

1:30pm - 5:00pm / Tuesday 10th September 2019
Type: Workshop / Category: Department / Series: Centre of Teaching Excellence for Language Learning
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This workshop for language teachers at all levels of education will explore the basics of improvisational theatre and how it can be used in the foreign language classroom.

Using a variety of practical exercises and games, the workshop will look at how to use improvisation techniques to expand learner’s vocabulary, encourage active listening, celebrate mistakes and build confidence.

There will be a focus on setting clear instructions to create effective role playing and dedicated help and advice to ensure improvisation becomes a fun, positive tool in your language lessons. There will also be opportunities for discussing the practical application of games and exercises to explore the development of pragmatic competence.

No previous experience is needed and the workshop will be a safe and encouraging environment for all to explore how to use improv in the classroom. Teachers of all languages are welcome, including English as a foreign language. The workshop will be in English.

Facilitators: Impropriety CIC is an improvised theatre company based in Liverpool with professional performers from a variety of backgrounds. Since 2008, they have put on several regular shows that are high on improv and low on script, namely the annual Improvathon and the Improv Soap.

As well as creating unique, funny and moving shows, they facilitate improv workshops in schools, universities and other organisations that enable problem solving, communication and listening skills, as well as team building and much more, bringing the benefits of improv to wider audiences.

Rosie Wilkinson, the workshop facilitator in this session, is a founder member of Impropriety and Artistic Director of the company. As well as facilitating for Impropriety, Rosie is a director and has a wide experience of using drama and theatre practise in education.

Refreshments will be available on the day. This workshop is funded by CTELL.

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