EVO2011 Syllabus

EVO 2011: Re-Playing Process Drama

The 2011 TESOL-Drama/EVO_Drama online workshop will allow participants to experience the work of Process Drama within a new framework, one especially designed for NEWCOMERS to drama and especially to Process Drama.

TESOL-Drama began looking at process drama in the 2010 workshop. This year, we will approach process drama from the more practical perspective of process drama activities and conventions, and then move to the discussion of how these may be utilized within different contexts.

The workshop will thoroughly examine the techniques and strategies used in forming a process drama, explaining what they are and how they may be implemented, in what contexts they might be used, and through what roles the emerging drama might best be expressed.  We will call upon workshop participants to contribute examples of techniques and strategies that they have found successful and the contexts to which they were applied.

Finally, we will solicit examples of lesson plans that illustrate the use of the strategies in an ongoing fashion and how they were, or could be, utilized to fashion a complete process drama.

Target Audience: All ESOL teachers

Sponsors: SPLIS and TESOL-Drama

Moderators

Week One: Introduction (Jan 10-16)

Introduction of moderators and participants. A discussion of what process drama is and how it is beneficial to second language acquisition. The approach is summarized for overall understanding.

Week Two: Process Drama Conventions (Jan 17-23)

Ten process drama conventions are selected for explanation, analysis, illustration of how they may be used and incorporated in process drama. Examples are given of particular situations and shared amongst participants. Any pictures or videos created by participants are shared.

The first ten conventions are:

  1. Teacher in role.
  2. Stranger in role.
  3. Mantle of the expert
  4. Narration
  5. Meetings
  6. Interviews
  7. Hot seating
  8. Improvisation
  9. Collective role play
  10. Pantomime/movement

Week Three: More Process Drama Conventions (Jan 24-30)

Ten more conventions are reviewed:

  1. Dream sequences
  2. Still image or tableau
  3. Freeze frame
  4. Thought tracking
  5. Guided imagery/visualization
  6. Decision alley
  7. Role on the wall
  8. Performance Carousel
  9. Soundscape
  10. Choral speaking

Week Four: Utilizing the conventions (Jan 31-Feb 6)

We will discuss the steps to building a process drama. These include:

  1. Defining a theme
  2. Offering a pre-text.
  3. Establishing the roles
  4. Establishing the frames
  5. Gathering the signs
  6. Implementing the conventions in relation to 1 – 6.

Week Five: Presentation and discussion of Lesson Plans (Feb 7-13)

Wrap Up and develop plans for next year based upon participant input

Participants and moderators will share lesson plans used in the past and those developed especially as part of this workshop. We will explain, comment, learn, suggest, and offer creative alternatives.

Participants will evaluate the session and make suggestions for the next year’s EVO-Drama workshop.

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