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Bring lesson to Life through Drama

  • Select the drama strategies suitable for organising an efficient course
  • Adjust, produce, apply and evaluate the appropriate theatrical tools
  • Guide, direct, and improve your learners’ drama skills
  • Learn effective techniques to attract your student’s attention and overcome monotony in lessons
  • Motivate your learners by making the lesson more interesting for them
  • Exchange teaching experiences, ideas and materials on using drama techniques in your classroom
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In this teacher training course you will learn:

  • To overcome monotony in your lessons
  • To select the drama strategies suitable for your course
  • To apply and evaluate the appropriate theatrical tools
  • To cope with different practical problems in using theatrical techniques

Course Details

Overview 

This unique in-depth one-week course shows you how to use drama games and strategies to engage your students in learning across the curriculum. Drama expert David Farmer guides you through activities which can be applied to sciences, history, geography, literacy, mathematics, citizenship and the arts, in primary, secondary and adult education. There will be ample time to explore a wide range of theatrical approaches, to discuss common issues with colleagues and devise practical solutions. You will come away with a folder full of effective plans guaranteed to liven up your lessons.

The Hellenic Culture Centre (HCC) has been awarded the Best Practice for Quality Care GINGO AWARD 2012 for the course “I Teach Greek”. It has been a well-known Teacher Training Centre in Greece since 2000 and is the first EUROLTA Teacher Training Centre in Greece to certify Foreign Language teachers through the ICC-International Language Network.

At the end of the course, participants are expected to have acquired the knowledge and skills that will enable them to:

  • Select the drama strategies suitable for organising an efficient course
  • Adjust, produce, apply and evaluate the appropriate theatrical tools
  • Cooperate with each other and exchange teaching experiences, ideas and materials on using drama techniques in the classroom
  • Become aware and cope with different practical problems in using theatrical techniques
  • Improve the motivation of their learners and overcome monotony in lessons
  • Guide, direct, and improve their learners’ drama skills
  • Become inspired on how to develop their own drama/theatrical skills through non-formal learning methods
  • Develop a virtual collaboration platform for dissemination and networking in order to develop future KA1 and KA2 partnerships and projects.
  • Have a thorough insight about different educational systems

Participants will receive preparatory information before arriving and will be invited to form an online community at the end of the course. We require you to bring and share samples of learning materials and textbooks you use across the curriculum, so that the course will have a practical character. The online community will enable participants to exchange didactic materials and teaching strategies as well as project proposals and useful ideas for promoting effective and fun learning in different European countries.

Intended for  

A teacher training course for all primary, secondary and adult educators who wish to update their knowledge on teaching strategies, share enjoyable and effective theatrical techniques with colleagues from other countries and practice many drama activities in the students’ role.

  • Teachers of any language, teachers of Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, History, Literacy, Basic Skills, Religion and Ethics, Citizenship, Arts, and other subjects
  • In primary and secondary schools, in VET centres, in NGOs, in Higher Education Institutions.
  • Organisers and managers of teacher training courses
  • Directors and managers of schools
  • Trainers, managers, social workers in Cultural Organisations
  • Adult Educators in second chance schools
  • Youth Workers in NGOs

So if you are working in:

  • a school/institute/educational centre
  • an adult education school/institute/centre
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO
  • an organisation working with migrant groups/ethnic minorities
  • a cultural organisation, library, museum that organizes educational programmes
  • a higher education institution (including those providing educational opportunities for adults)
  • a school for young and adult learners with special needs
  • a public or private, small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises) that has or want to organize an education department
  • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions that offer training to their members

you are welcome to join the course!

Methodology 

Competence oriented approach

The course is based on the principles of participatory adult education, by embodying participants’ experiences and fostering the exchange of their ideas, proposals and materials. Its focus is not merely on the didactic aspect of drama games and strategies but also on the participants’ social and cultural knowledge gained through education and teaching to different target groups throughout Europe. During the course, the following techniques will be implemented: working in subgroups and pairs, role playing, guided conversation, brainstorming, drama and experiential activities.

Participants will also be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of drama strategies and websites for more drama teaching tools.

Blended learning modalities

Teachers will share ideas and experiences on using theatrical techniques and strategies in teaching and learning through a dedicated Facebook group or / and a Moodle platform.

Preparation

Before the course, participants will be asked to bring materials and describe the institution they work for, the basic characteristics of their learners, and their own professional background. It is also required to bring and present samples of the didactic material they use (books across the curriculum in digital format or hard copy) and other tasks they have to do with their learners. Participants will receive information for the course group (trainers, organisers and organising institution, other participants). Organisers will be responsible for sending all the necessary information regarding the venue and the trip.

Follow-up

Upon completion of the course, participants will be encouraged to form an online community on a platform, which will function as a meeting point. Within this network, they will be able to exchange didactic materials, information on teaching through drama today in Europe as well as recent publications on the topic .They will be able to exchange ideas for promoting the use of drama in teaching throughout different European countries. They will also be invited to participate in more KA1 or KA2 projects. The course also includes microteaching sessions by the participants. During these, participants will have the opportunity to assess the language games to be presented by applying the techniques of observation, interviewing and group discussion. Participants will also be given hand-outs, original materials, lists of language games and websites for teaching tools.

Quality Management – European dimension guaranteed

Participants of at least two nationalities should participate in this teacher training course, allowing the exchange of ideas and experiences from different educational contexts.

Validation –  Assessments and evaluation methods

The HCC’s evaluation forms and practices as well as continuous support through emailing, educational platform and social media use ensures that learning outcomes are validated. After registration participants will receive a pre-course questionnaire which will let the trainers know participants’ teaching background. Before the beginning of the course a list of drama games and books will be suggested.

Participants will also be asked to present themselves and their institution, as well as their learners and their culture through local food and drinks. The presentation will be available on a Moodle platform or on a closed Facebook group. It will be used during the first meeting, but it will also be available online to the other participants so that they can have a preliminary knowledge of the group they are going to be part of.

Participants will receive information about Greece and Santorini in order to prepare themselves for a new cultural experience. The trainers will stay in contact through e-mail with participants and support them in implementing the didactic materials they have taken from the course. The HCC support teachers to use, adapt and assess a range of tools which have been created and piloted by its teachers, so that they can be used for students in different contexts.

At the end of each day an assessment using drama tools will be applied. At the end of the course there will be an evaluation method based on theatrical techniques as well.

Validation system provided

The achievement of the learning outcomes is largely related to the methodology implemented, which in our case is the outcome of wide research in the field of drama strategies in the classroom on a theoretical and practical level.

During the course, the following assessment and evaluation techniques are implemented: questionnaires, focus group, project work, and experiential/drama assessment activities.

Content 
  • Introduction of participants and their organisations. Getting to know each other
  • Introduction of the trainers and the course programme
  • Participants’ needs and expectations (educational contract)
  • Collecting learning materials from each country and checking the curriculum demands at every educational level
  • Presentation of Santorini Island: history, geology, culture
  • International buffet: an intercultural activity based on every represented country’s foods and drinks
  • Evaluation of the day
  • Team building activities and ice breakers to be used in the classroom
  • Identifying the characteristics, needs and expectations of our learners
  • Introduction to the use of theatrical /drama techniques in a class
  • Developing our own theatrical skills
  • Cultural experiential activity: walking tour through Megalochori village and its famous Caldera
  • Evaluation of the day
  • Introduction to drama strategies and tools (for language teaching, science teaching, arts, history, geography, citizenship and other subjects)
  • Individual and group work: Planning real lesson plans across the curriculum using drama techniques. Hands-on workshop.
  • Presentation and exchange, lessons learned
  • Cultural experiential activity: hands-on ceramic workshop
  • Evaluation of the day
  • Introduction to drama strategies and tools (for language teaching, science teaching, arts, history, geography, citizenship and other subjects)
  • Individual and group work: Planning real lesson plans across the curriculum using drama techniques. Hands-on workshop.
  • Presentation and exchange, lessons learned
  • Cultural experiential activity: Visit to Oia, Santorini’s gem
  • Evaluation of the day
  • Introduction to drama strategies and tools (for language teaching, science teaching, arts, history, geography, citizenship and other subjects)
  • Individual and group work: Planning real lesson plans across the curriculum using drama techniques. Hands-on workshop.
  • Presentation and exchange, lessons learned
  • Cultural experiential activity: Lost Atlantis Experience
  • Evaluation of the day
  • The selection and evaluation of drama techniques, good practice examples
  • Individual and group work: Planning real lesson plans across the curriculum using drama techniques. Hands-on workshop.
  • Challenges and solutions. Presentation of participants’ remarks, thoughts and conclusions
  • Cultural experiential activity: presentation of Greek Music and singing lesson
  • Evaluation of the day
  • Presentation of the Reflection Diary
  • Evaluation of the course through theatrical techniques
  • Farewell activities to be used in your classroom
  • Creating an online community/network
  • Certificates and awards
  • Cultural experiential activity: visit to the Prophet Elias Monastery

Competences tackled

  • Ability to select the theatrical strategies and drama tools suitable for an efficient course
  • Ability to adjust, produce, apply and evaluate the appropriate drama activities for a fun course
  • Ability to cope with different practical problems in organising the drama activities, through the exchange of experiences, ideas and materials with colleagues
  • Intercultural skills through varied cultural and intercultural activities

Tuition Fee:  590 euro for 7 days/person

Trainers

David Farmer, the main trainer, inspires, motivates and educates teachers about the power of drama to transform learning. Following a stand-out career as a theatre director and producer of shows and workshops for young people across the world, he is an in-demand speaker, trainer and writer. His online course Drama Games for Language Teaching won the Best Resource for Teachers Award from the English Speaking Union. He is the author of several best-selling books on drama including 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years.

Ifigenia Georgiadou, the co-trainer, Director of the Hellenic Culture Centre, is an experienced teacher trainer and researcher on language teaching and learning and a certified EUROLTA Master Trainer. Author of 5 books and many articles on language teaching. Coordinator of EU research projects, Evaluator – expert in the National Organization for Certification of Adult Educators and the EU National Agencies in Greece and Cyprus. Member of the Board of the International Language Network ICC.

The course takes place only as Face2face in Santorini for 7 days. 

Draft Schedule: 15/05/2022 until 21/05/2022 

Please ask the Secretariat to confirm the dates of this course.

Certification 

Our Centre issues a Certificate of Attendance for the teacher training courses held, to be submitted to private or public organisations and calls. The Hellenic Culture Centre is an officially recognized as a Lifelong Learning Centre and a language school by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religions (EOPPEP code number 2101782/ 2018 and 2308668/2018).

Working language

The course is offered in English, but its content can be adapted into any other language, provided that participating organisations can bring a teacher/interpreter.

You may bring your own interpreter from English or Greek and we welcome teachers of all languages.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation 90 days before the beginning of the teacher training course. 
  • In case of late cancellation participants can use half of their fees to register to any course of the Hellenic Culture Centre within one year time. 
  • Cancellation penalty: for late cancellation half of the fees for teacher training.