Fukuoka JALT:

Don't Waste Time on Drama

Date: Saturday, November 30th, 2013 Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Speaker: Ken Wilson

A lot of teachers would like to give their students a chance to improvise and 'be creative', but worry that improvisation activities will be too demanding for them. Some worry that drama activities may take a lot of time to set up and carry out, and therefore not offer good time-value. In this workshop, we will try out a series of simple activities that will result in astonishing feats of creativity by your students. Most of these activities are self-regulating, which means that students are only required to say things that they CAN say, so you can use them with students from elementary level onwards. We will concentrate on activities that don't take a lot of time, and - more importantly - require little or no preparation time.

Ken Wilson is an author and trainer. He has written about 30 ELT titles, including a dozen series of course books, including Smart Choice, an American English course for OUP. He is also one of the team of authors who wrote New Standard English, a course for China which takes learners from primary to college level.

His first ELT publication was a collection of songs called Mister Monday, which was released when he was 23, making him at the time the youngest-ever published ELT author. Since then, he has written and recorded more than 200 ELT songs, published as albums or as integral parts of course material.

He has also written more than a hundred ELT radio and television programmes, mostly for the BBC, including fifty radio scripts for the Follow Me series, thirty Look Ahead TV scripts and a series of plays called Drama First. He also contributed material to Extr@ English, an ELT sitcom commissioned by Channel 4, Britain's more experimental commercial TV channel.

For many years, Ken was artistic director of the English Teaching Theatre, a company which toured the world performing stage-shows for learners of English. The ETT made more than 250 tours to 55 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, including Japan.

Ken lives in London with his wife Dede and three cats and works in a shed at the end of his garden. He divides his time between writing and training. He blogs occasionally: kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com.

Time: from 19:15
Price: 3150 yen (All-we-can-drink and set menu)
Location: Pub Kirin, B1F of Tenjin Building
RSVP by Nov. 28th to Yoshie (fukuokajaltsocial@gmail.com). Include name and cellphone number

Organization: Fukuoka Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Fukuoka JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: free (co-sponsored by Oxford University Press)

Venue: Fukuoka Building (Tenjin), 9F, Room 6 (map)

Location: Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan


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