Editor: HYZD-Yani & Chris
Last Saturday Nov. 17th, HYZD organized our own Teacher Drama Training. A number of HYZD teachers who are interested in drama teaching and learning have taken their precious time to join the event despite their busy schedule. Delightfully we spent a rich and unforgettable afternoon together, learning drama 101, conducting hand-on session and Q&A free discussion.
First things first, everyone took this valuable opportunity to introduce themselves and get to know one another. Especially our lecturer this time Gerren, generously shared with us his past experience of drama performance and drama teaching. It’s definitely fascinating to learn behind-the-scene stories about how to pull off a successful drama competition for the Beijing public school students.
Gerren then explained the core principles of drama teaching that both the teacher and students should keep in mind.
1. Become the character
2. Memorize your lines but work with the group.
3. The show must go on
4. Listen to the director
5. Never turn your back to the audience
6. Speak with your body not your throat
7. Always listen actively
8. We are a team
Gerren used many useful drama practices to show us that teaching drama can be FUN!
The Name Circle is a great way to break ice and know about each team member, while Copy Cat is mimicking the exact action of others. They are both funny activities serving as an effective method for the actors to loosen up and relax.
If you aim to enhance the team work, Snakes and Frozen Acting can immensely help. In the Snakes, all team members except for the person at the back must keep their eyes closed. As a whole, the snake manages to direct and guide the first person to pick up the object on the ground without any verbal communication.
In the Frozen Acting, you can only speak and have to rely on your partner to help you move. It might be awkward but will certainly bring you brand new perception about body control.
Last but not least, it’s essential to find the perfect script and modify it to serve your purpose. Sometimes you even need to make your own script.
Gerren suggests that a good script should contain
*English level for all participants
*A clear story line with ups and downs
*Cohesion of characters
*Brilliant stage design
So many brilliant ideas were brought up by the trainees during the training, yet so much more fun activities and discussions are left unwritten. The Teacher Drama Training on Nov. 17th is just a small step towards the final career goals. Many training participants have already tried new approaches they learned with their students, and it was quite a big success. We cannot emphasize even more on the importance of drama training in language teaching process; therefore, we genuinely invite all of you to next and future HYZD training series. For turning your classroom teaching into a joyful adventure of sensation, come and join HYZD with our teacher programs. We are looking forward to having you!
Special thanks to Gerren for this lovely drama training!