Literature and Drama in Language Teaching

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Date(s) - Mon, 13 Aug 2018 - Fri, 24 Aug 2018
9:15 am - 4:00 pm

Norwich Institute for Language Education


Norwich Institute for Language Education, 82 Upper St Giles St. Norwich NR2 1LT
Tutors: David Farmer and Alan Pulverness

NILEThis 50-hour course for English Language Teachers explores approaches to using literature in the language classroom and will introduce you to a wide range of drama games and activities. Sessions on the use of literature will focus on ways of promoting the habit of extensive reading and developing creative response strategies to encourage learners to become more active readers. Drama sessions are designed to boost confidence, creativity and spontaneity through role-play, drama games and improvisation.

Literature offers learners meaningful, personal reading experiences and gives them a powerful sense of the expressive potential of the language they are learning. Drama is an effective way of helping students to activate that language and explore setting, character and story through cooperation, creativity and communication.

The course will include content drawn from some or all of the following areas, depending on your contextual and personal needs and priorities:

  • Recent developments and changes in English
  • The role of the media, the internet and social networking
  • Language and social class
  • Current political and social issues
  • Popular culture and subcultures
  • Contemporary British literature
  • Discourse analysis, with particular reference to contemporary spoken and written texts
  • A look at regional dialects and accents
  • International Englishes
  • Developing language awareness
  • Designing materials for language awareness

150814-davidf-4David Farmer is a specialist in drama who trains teachers as well as working with students in schools. After training as a primary school teacher he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company, which performed plays and workshops to over half a million young people in schools, theatres and festivals across the UK and abroad for a period of twenty-five years. He runs courses in London and delivers training for schools, arts organisations and language schools in the UK and abroad. He is the author of several books on drama, including 101 Drama Games and Activities, Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years and Playful Plays.

Alan_PulvernessAlan Pulverness is the author of a number of ELT textbooks, including All in a Word: Literature in Language Teaching (Bell 1988) and Reading Matters: The guide to using graded readers (Helbling 2007). He teaches a Master’s module in Drama in ELT at the University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, and has worked in Russia on reader development projects, including materials writing for the British Council’s BritLit website. From 2002 to 2006 he co-chaired the British Council Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature and currently edits the Newsletter of the IATEFL Literature, Media and Cultural Studies special interest group.

The course includes intensive tuition by trainers who are experts in the fields of English language teaching and methodology, as well as opportunities for reading and research and a guest lecture from a well-known figure in the field of ELT.

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The video below is a great introduction to NILE and Norwich and includes footage of a drama course with David Farmer.