Teaching English through Drama using ActionSacks


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This experiential workshop outlines the methodology for teaching English using personalised ActionSacks, designed and constructed by English language teachers. The basic philosophy of a story sacks project used in the regular literacy programme in the UK will be outlined in order to clarify the theory. This methodology can be applied at all levels and for all abilities. An authentic, original ActionSack will be presented with the contents displayed and practical activities will be explored for participants to enjoy and understand the developmental aspects of Storydrama. The participants should leave the session with some new creative ideas for teaching English with ActionSacks.

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Teaching English through Drama using ActionSacks

  1. 1. Teaching Englishthrough Drama UsingActionSacksSusan Hillyard B.Ed.(Hons)YLT SIG IATEFLLiverpool 2013
  2. 2. FromI CAN’TToI CAN!
  3. 3. Order of the day a peep at some real ActionSacks/StorySacks storytelling and reading techniques forteachers voice and body work language in action drama conventions some project ideas some videos of real work with ActionSacks
  4. 4. Bag +Book +Realia + Songs + Activities = ActionSack!ActionSack
  5. 5. “(the child) actively tries to makesense of the world……asksquestions……wants toknow…..Also from a very earlystage, the child has purposes andintention: he wants to do”(Donaldson, 1978:86).
  6. 6. An ActionSack….. needs a container with: a good qualitystory/trigger a ball/CDs/films activities for languagedevelopment puppets/soft toys realia
  7. 7. Group work:Inclusive BrainstormingLet’s take a story we allknow:What specific items wouldyou think of putting in yourActionSack?
  8. 8. Why Stories ? whole imaginary world natural extension ofchildhood L1 outside world art, poetry and literature metaphors for society andhuman psyche rich and intimate events
  9. 9. Group work:Inclusive BrainstormingWhat are the typical featuresof stories?
  10. 10. Typical Features formulaic opening introduction of characters description of setting introduction of problem a series of events>>>>> the resolution of a problem often with a surprise ending a formulaic closing a moral, stated or unstated
  11. 11. The requirements for the teachingand learning of the art of selfcontrol vis a vis other peoplecannot be met in the conventionalclassroom with traditional teachingand learning styles.Hillyard S ( 2010)
  12. 12. With Street Kids
  13. 13. “Children bring to language learningtheir curiosity and eagerness to makesense of the world. They will tackle themost demanding tasks with enthusiasmand willingness. Too often these earlygifts are turned to fear and failure”(Cameron, 2001:246).
  14. 14. ActivitiesSee handouts
  15. 15. Penny the Penguin from Patagonia story: Little Penguin’s Stories ball, binoculars, soft toys cloth three more stories: Penguin, Penguin Small, Lostand Found factual book: Penguins flashcards jigsaw where’s Penny? PPT original songs, chants and a play script
  16. 16. Where’s Penny?Penny Around the WorldA CLIL type ActionSackA teen project
  17. 17. “The most significant kind oflearning which is attributable toexperiences in drama is agrowth in the pupils’understanding about humanbehaviour, themselves and theworld they live in”(O’Neill & Lambert, 1982:13)
  18. 18. Nacho, a SPECIAL boy:
  19. 19. Great Sites Commercially produced Story Sacks to purchase on-line http://www.storysack.com/ Guidelines on how to make your own story sack http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0000/3210/Story_sack_guide.pdf On-line resources from BritLit http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/try/britlit/little-red-riding-hood Process Drama http://www.tki.org.nz/r/arts/drama/posters/3/key/miners_wedding_e.php EVO Drama http://www.google.com/#hl=es&xhr=t&q=Process+Drama+Conventions&cp=25&pf=p&sclient=psy&rlz=1R2ADRA_enAR377&source=hp&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=Process+Drama+Conventions&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=35e26099eaba80a9 What is Process drama? http://esldrama.weebly.com/process-drama.html Videos on Process Drama http://www.google.com/#q=process+drama&start=10&hl=es&sa=N&rlz=1R2ADRA_enAR377&prmd=ivnsb&source=univ&tbm=vid&tbo=u&ei=FcW5TcqzGsjEgQeBioFR&ved=0CDAQqwQ4Cg&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=35e26099eaba80a9