Learning to learn and teach with the help of drama techniques: Literature and Drama in Language Teaching with David Farmer and Alan Pulverness August 14-25 2017 Norwich
Being a newcomer at my school, I feel very obliged to be among those who could travel on an Erasmus+ teacher training course to England. With the help of my coordinator, I chose Norwich Nile School as the site, and David Farmer and Alan Pulverness as my tutors for my trip. The place as well as the tutors proved to be the right choices.
We had a colourful group of English language teachers from many corners of Europe, from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Bulgaria, Slovakia and my humble self from Hungary. We could have a first-hand experience of the usefulness of drama and games and sometimes were like little students, all wanting to learn and sense the world around us. David Farmer made the classroom atmosphere very inclusive, playful. Many hens and only one rooster. Not an easy job for the tutor. But I can reassure you, he could manage the "farm yard" and make us work hard. Our other tutor, Alan, the seemingly formal and serious gentleman was indeed a very intelligent and welcoming tutor, who made us use our imagination and communication skills a lot. The result of their facilitation was a pleasant class, with a lot of smiles and good-spirit.
Norwich is a historic and culturally interesting town; the market, the Guildhall, the Castle, the pubs, and the countryside, with the sandy beaches, not too far gave all of us a refreshing time and provided us with loads of experience. The staff from the Nile was helpful, and the social events were informative as well as exciting.
During the two weeks I realized that drama techniques and games not only make classroom work more fun and the students more motivated, but require concentration and an immense amount of group-work as well. This way, we teachers are enabled to make students of various backgrounds and abilities to work together for a common goal; learning.
Thank you, Erasmus+ fund.