COD 2020 - PS236

Working with Drama Techniques and Literature in the English Class

Primary & secondary school teachers

1 sessions, start: 17-Feb

Course detail

Year: 2020
Level: Primary / Secondary
Language: English
Status: Ended
Facilitator/s: Griselda Beacon MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 1200.00
Non affiliate
ARS 1200.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 17 February 2020 01:30 pm 04:30 pm


Griselda Beacon

Griselda Beacon is a teacher trainer and a literature lover. She delivers teacher training workshops and talks on literature and foreign language learning in international contexts.
Griselda holds an MA in English & Literature and German as a Foreign Language from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. She has been working in the field of teacher education and Primary curriculum development for over 20 years.
She is a co-author of Together (Oxford UP), a tailor-made English coursebook series for Argentina, and co-editor of the book International Perspectives on Diversity in ELT (Palgrave, 2021).
She delivers teacher training workshops for several institutions, such as ESSARP, Oxford University Press in South America, NILE – Norwich Institute for Language Education in the UK, and she is currently mentoring the Young Learners Hub in Globe –TransformELT.
Her special interests include literature, young learners, creativity, CLIL and intercultural education. Passionate about children’s literature, Griselda loves visiting schools for storytelling sessions, reads picturebooks with children, and carries out projects with literature and art to foster creative reading, play, drama, diversity and inclusion in the English classroom.
She currently lectures in American Literature at UBA and teaches Children & Young Adults' Literature at IES en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández, Creativity at ENS en Lenguas Vivas S. B. de Spangenberg, Play, Music, Dance and Literature in Pre-Primary Education at IESPEI Sara Eccleston and Drama Techniques in the English Class at ISP Joaquín V. Gonzalez.
Primary & secondary school teachers
• Work with literary texts from a performative perspective.

• Discuss the impact of developing creative and critical thinking skills to enhance the foreign language learning process.

• Explore different ways to work with literature and artistic expression to help children have a cognitive, artistic, emotional and physical learning experience.

• Participate in interactive, performative tasks.

• Think, plan and carry out a variety of creative tasks that involve performativity & literature.
In this workshop we will work with Drama Techniques and literature in the English Class. We will carry out performative activities in collaborative contexts that create room for children & adolescents to express themselves in English. We will introduce literary texts that can be easily performed such as stories, poems, rhymes and plays. We will explore how performative tasks with literature help students develop their own voice, artistic awareness and collaboration.
The workshop has a dialogical and interactive approach. Participants will discuss and apply concepts, work with literature, carry out performative tasks, brainstorm creative teaching ideas & develop supporting teaching materials.
- Beacon, Griselda. „The Discourse of Creativity in ELT.“ En English, N° 11-12, Septiembre de 2016, Moscú: The First Publishing House, 6-9
- Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, NY: Harper Perennial
- Egan, Kieran. (2005) An Imaginative Approach to Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
- Farmer, David. (2011) Learning through Drama in the Primary Years.
- Lazar, Gillian. (2005) Literature and Language Teaching. Cambridge: CUP
- Read, Carol (2007) 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom. Londres: Macmillan Pub. Lted
- Slattery, Mary (2008) Teaching with Bear. Oxford: Oxford UP
- Wilson, Ken. (2008) Drama and Improvisation. Oxford: Oxford UP
- Worthy, Jo. (2005) Readers Theater for Building Fluency. New York: Teaching Resources
- Wright, Andrew. (1995) Storytelling with Children. Series Ed. Alan Maley. Oxford: Oxford UP
----. (1997) Creating Stories with Children. Oxford: Oxford UP
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