Course: Drama and Project Work

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Course title Drama and Project Work
Course code KAJ/4172
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Čapek Jan, Mgr. Bc. Ph.D.
Course content
Main themes: Roots of creative dramatics. Elements of process in creative dramatics. Main aims of creative drama. Exercises and games at the first degree of primary school. The teacher's role in the process of teaching creative dramatics. Organization of drama lessons. Preparation and planning. The role of the setting in creative dramatics. Structured drama. Creative drama in teacher's preparation. Practical part: Introductory exercises, warming ups and games. Improvisation exercises. Characterization. Creativity. Movement and pantomime. Extra linguistic communication. Adaptation of texts/plays, etc. Role-playing vs. monologues in the classroom.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course introduces a modern and wide-spread method of making use of creative dramatics that connects aspects of the development of language skills, a communicative approach, as well as social and emotional aspects of students´ imagination and creativity, into a modern academic curriculum. It makes use of students' creativity and teaches them to dramatize literary texts, present various situations in the form of dramatic projects, including video projects. The course will also make use of short skits with puppets, sketches, monologues and role-playing.
By completing this course the student will acquire a lot of knowledge and skills that will enable him/her to prepare for teaching English in a less traditional way. Students will be able to - develop creativity and creative thinking in children studying the English language - strengthen independent forms of learning in children - develop group dynamics and cooperative skills of their prospective students - strengthen young learner's self-confidence by selecting new /more active strategies Students will learn a great number of techniques and methods of work made use of in creative dramatics And apply them with the aim to develop young learner's motivation in their language studies
Students´ interest in making use of and developing their imagination and creativity and which can be later applied to and developed in their future career (when working with both young learners and adults)

Assessment methods and criteria
- Active class participation and presence in class (max. 2 absences) - Knowledge of the assigned films, preparation for in class discussion and analysis - Final essay (it is recommended to discuss the thesis in advance)
Recommended literature
  • Heathcote, D. Making drama work with Dorothy Heathcote / Dorothy Heathcote working with Ian Draper (Video). 1991.
  • Koťátková,S. a kol. Vybrané kapitoly z dramatické výchovy. Praha: Karolinum, nakl. UK., 1998.
  • Machková, E. Úvod do studia dramatické výchovy. Praha ARTAMA, 1998.
  • Maley, A., & Duff, A. Drama techniques in language learning. Cambridge handbooks for language teachers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Morgan, N., & Saxton J. Teaching drama. A mind of many wonders. Hutchinson Education., 1996.
  • Morganová,M., Saxtonová, J. Vyučování dramatu. Hlava plná nápadů. Praha: Sdružení pro tvořivou dramatiku, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): English Language and Literature (A14) Category: Philological sciences 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter