David Farmer: Plenary and Drama Workshop

While David Farmer is one of the best known practitioners and resource developers in the field of using drama in teaching English, he isn’t well known in Slovakia. There are, however, some non-Slovak English teachers here who know his work well because they use his resources and own dogeared copies of his books of games and drama activities.  Our Drama SIG coordinator, Hon Chong, is one of those and it was his initiative to invite. We’re thrilled that David accepted that invite!

We’re looking forward to both Friday’s fun evening of games and activities us all, but perhaps even more so to David’s Saturday workshop on understanding what it’s like in living in someone else’s shoes.

Evening of Active Drama, Friday 5.45-6.45pm
An hour of fun drama games and group activities designed to develop cooperation and communication, including some classics from David’s books as well as some newer ones. The games can easily be adapted for different age-groups, for language learning and learning across the curriculum.
90-minute Workshop: Away from Home, Saturday 10.15-11.45am 
A session of drama games, activities and improvisations for 2013-09-03 13.50.44exploring what it means to be displaced as a refugee or asylum seeker. The activities explore the meaning and value of home, leaving family behind, travelling in difficult circumstances and facing life in an unfamiliar country.
The session draws inspiration from the books ‘I Am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai and ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recent stories and images of refugees.

David Farmer is a specialist in drama who trains teachers as well as working with students in schools. After working as a primary school teacher he founded Tiebreak Theatre Company which performed plays to young people across the UK and abroad for twenty-five years.

He is the author of several books on drama, including 101 Drama Games and Activities and Learning Through Drama in the Primary Years. He works on a range of freelance projects such as the Shakespeare Schools Festival and runs the website www.dramaresource.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/dramaresource

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