The idea behind our method is that inhibitions and fears – that often kick in when we try to speak a foreign language – are easily forgotten when playing a character. Students are focused purely on the situation, on how to communicate, on the story to tell, and feel more compelled to actively express themselves. Also, releasing physical tension, playing, moving, singing, are all ways to see the foreign language as a moment of fun and communication. Finally, working as a group towards a performance, helps confidence and encourages team building.
Our workshops focus on:
- Widening vocabulary, especially every day language, through improvisation and games using objects and real life situations
- Practising expressive, natural speech through short scenes
- Looking at grammar in context, repeating patterns to memorise basic structures
- Confidence building through acting and performing in group
- Rehearsing short scenes from plays in target language to practice more complex patterns (intermediate-advanced)
- Using dramatisation to work on pronunciation and intonation (advanced)
- Exploring different accents to practice listening comprehension (advanced)
We offer workshops for students of
ENGLISH as a foreign language
ITALIAN, FRENCH AND SPANISH:
KS3 and KS4
These workshops are devised to suit year 9, 10 and 11. The one off three hour sessions are devised for a maximum number of 20 pupils, who, after a warm-up, will be further divided into smaller groups. A practitioner will be allocated to each group and the activities will run simultaneously.
Physical warm up in target language
Language specific games
All exercises and games have the aim to help becoming aware of the space and of other people whilst listening to instructions in the target language; make the pupils focus and actively use the target language; respond to a stimulus and encourage the pupils to speak in the target language; revise vocabulary and learn new lexicon; recreate real-life situations where the students can employ the target language; perform the situation in front of their peers.
For advanced students we offer slightly more complex sessions, with learning objectives focused on AS and A2 syllabus. To this end, the workshops will focus on the main topics studied for A levels (for instance immigration, relationships or racism). Some dramatic texts by famous playwrights in the target language might be included on request.
ENGLISH AS FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
These three hour sessions are identical in approach to the Italian, French and Spanish sessions but are aimed at international students who are in Britain to improve their English. Through theatre games, improvisations, role playing and – for the advanced – scene work using classic British plays, we encourage students to overcome their fears, practice pronunciation as well as grammar, and have fun whilst improving their speaking skills.
We offer three levels: Beginners – Intermediate – Advanced.
All our workshops can be adapted to meet your specific needs in terms of contents and level. We’re also happy to offer workshops to adult learners, university students and migrants/refugees
For inquiries and bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
LegalAliens are very professional, flexible and adaptable in their approach. (Emma Redman, teacher)
LegalAliens devised a superb workshop on the theme of ‘foreignness’ and multiculturalism which was extremely well received by our students in Coventry. The majority of the students rated this workshop as excellent. (Annunziata Videtta, Coventry University)