Join us at the annual IATEFL Conference in Wrocław!
The maximum number of participants for this workshop is 40.
After reaching this number you are still more than welcom to attend as an observer.
Please remember 22 September! Building C-3, Room 23
Peter Dyer has been an English language trainer in Primary and Secondary schools for over 30 years. He was a professional actor in Australia (Peter Tabor) and worked in theatre, film and television including radio. He ran workshops for actors and specialised in theatre of the grotesque and mask making and performance. He has worked as a teacher trainer for Pilgrims for 24 years running two week workshops in Drama and improvisation for the language teacher each summer and as a guest lecturer around Europe. He also runs workshops for Primary teachers and has introduced a workshop on body language, gesture and status for teachers at Pilgrims.
Peter believes that drama and improvisation activities threaded into the normal language classroom can assist not only in free and creative speaking and writing but it can develop our spontaneity, creativity and imagination. All communication skills are enhanced as students participate in challenging and fun improvisation activities. The work also assists students to build their self confidence and gain valuable experience in social communication.
Peter travels to many countries running workshops in Drama and Improvisation for teachers and is currently based in Paris where he works with large French organisations in Improvisation, presentation skills and meeting and negotiation language. He is currently writing a book on improvisation activities for the classroom.
ACTIVITIES TO FREE SPOKEN INTERACTION AND CREATIVE WRITING. 60 minutes
This workshop introduces teachers to the world of improvisation. Ideas to release spontaneity and imagination in our students. The simple improvisation activities can encourage our students to embark on free vocal interaction and use the same activities for creative writing. The exercises are games and like all games, there are rules. If these very simple rules are followed, the participants will be liberated to speak and write freely enjoying creativity and imagination in themselves and also in their partners.
Improvisation provides our students with the opportunity to engage in rapid conversation, sharing ideas, building listening skills, taking responsibility for our actions, risk taking and building self confidence.
The workshop is an introduction only and there are many excitying and more complex activities which can be developed later if the teacher is captivated by the ideas. This one hour will provide teachers with lots of fun and applicable activities for the language classroom as well as developing improvisation skills themselves.