Classroom Climate and Communication: Developing Student Interaction, Teacher Presence and Rapport

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Date(s) - Thu, 11 Oct 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

St Andrew's Church Hall


St Andrew’s Church Hall, Short Street, London SE1 8LJ
Thursday 11th October 2018
Course Tutors: Mark Almond and David Farmer

Mark Almond and David Farmer lead this brand new interactive one-day workshop for educators working in any sector. The course covers a range of accessible drama games and techniques for increasing motivation, interactivity and communication in the classroom. We will demonstrate practical techniques for developing teacher presence which can be applied to the art of teaching, thereby improving classroom climate, group dynamics, presence and rapport. The one-day face-to-face course will give you dozens of practical tools to use with students.

Mark will explore how and why teachers can apply a number of principles to adopt a more multi-disciplinary approach in the classroom. He will give a brief overview of fields such as Flow Theory (Csikszentmihalyi), Politeness and Face Theory (Brown and Levinson; Goffman), Neuro Linguistic Programming (Grinder), Blink Theory (Gladwell), Social Psychology and Non-verbal Communication (Cuddy) and Group and Interpersonal Communication (Haydn). These will be demonstrated through practical exercises.

David Farmer

David will teach drama games and strategies for use in a wide range of teaching situations to boost student (and teacher) confidence and spontaneity. These activities make learning fun and memorable and can be used across a range of abilities and age-groups including primary, secondary and adult education. They enable students to explore and revise curricular content, improve group dynamics and develop narrative and role play, while learning the importance of non-verbal communication alongside spoken language.

Mark Almond is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics at Canterbury Christ Church University (UK) where he directs and teaches on various MA linguistics and language teacher training programmes. His main areas of interest are in the use of drama in the language classroom and performance-related skills for effective and affective teaching to maximise socio-psychological harmony in the classroom. He is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on his areas of expertise and has published widely in these and other areas. His book ‘Teaching English with Drama’ was published in November 2005 by Pavilion Publishing and his second book titled ‘Developing Classroom Presence: using theatre techniques to create student-teacher rapport and classroom community’ is due to be published in 2018.

David Farmer is a specialist in drama who trains teachers as well as working with students in schools. After working in the primary school sector he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company, developing and touring plays to young people across the UK and abroad for twenty-five years. He is the author of several books on drama, including 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years. As well as being a freelance theatre director, David delivers training for schools, arts organisations, language schools and conferences internationally. He is a training consultant at Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE).

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Booking Details

The standard fee is £245 per participant. Other ticket types may be available (see booking form below). 10% discount available when booking more than one course or for two colleagues from the same organisation.

Enquiries: Please email David Farmer or telephone +44 (0)797 321 7876.

NB Please complete the online booking form below with your purchase order or payment. An official invoice will be dispatched and payment can be made by cheque, bank payment or using the Buy Now button below.

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What to bring

Comfortable clothing to move in. Light refreshments are included and at lunchtime we usually walk a few minutes to eat a delicious lunch at a nearby venue (lunch not included).

The Venue

St Andrew’s Church Hall is a contemporary building conveniently located on Short Street, off The Cut between the Young and Old Vic Theatres, close to lively cafes, shops and restaurants and just a few minutes from Southwark and Waterloo Tube/rail/bus stations. You can view a Google Map for the venue here: We will be in the Upper Hall, which is a bright and warm space upstairs (accessible by lift).

Booking Terms and Conditions (including Cancellation)

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The online booking form is below.


Booking Form

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Standard course booking for participants from schools or other organisations.
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Limited number - for freelance practitioners who are not employed full-time by a school or other organisation and are paying for their own place.
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Limited number - available to people currently unemployed or in full-time education.

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