The description of the drama games that partners presented to each other
1.THE OBJECT SPEAKS
The guide prepares in advance, or arranges for everyone to bring one object in their belonging. The players sit around in a circle and put their objects in the middle of the circle. After all the objects have been gathered ( for example, a comb, a bracelet, a watch, a book,…)the players observe them silently for a while. Afterwards each player ( one after another), takes one's own object and presents it to the others using 1st person singular. That way the players speak about themselves the way the object would, for instance: „ I'm Božana's watch. She received me as a birthday present from her friend Marija. The first couple of days everyone observed and admired me. Later on, noone was interesting in me. Božana has lost me twice, so far. The first time she forgot me on the beach and the second time I slipped off her hand on the way from home to school. Božana's friend Ana found me and returned me to Božana.“
The same procedure can be used if we want to illuminate the motion of event, experiance or even different tenses
This is the excercise of the improvised pair dialogue, very useful in developing and enriching verbal expressions. The first player ponders over simple reasons for accusing the second player while the second player accepts the accusation and replies: Yes, but… ( thinking over a reason to justify oneself). Here are some examples: „That mottled pencil in your pencil-case is mine. Yes, but… I thought it was mine. I bought excatly the same yesterday….“ Or : „ You also took my plastic sharpener ! Yes, but I found it on the floor and picked it up in order not to be squashed.“
After some time, couples swich roles. This game is helpfull for co-operation, attention, concentration, imagination, memory, logical opinion, verbal expressiveness.
THIS IS MY NOSE:
Players stand in pairs or triplets. One player starts by pointing to her, for example, elbow, and saying "this is my nose."
The next player points to his nose and says "this is my elbow" and then points, for further example, to his head and says "this is my foot."
The next then points to her foot and says "this is my head," and then points, perhaps, to her knee and says "this is my eyebrow."
And on and again on.
Students are on chairs in a Drama circle. The teacher explains the game and labels everyone around the circle a type of fruit (apple, peach, banana, orange, etc).
Then the teacher takes away one chair and one of the students is in the centre of the circle as the caller. The student in the middle calls the name of a fruit, and everyone in the circle with that name must swap places and find another chair to sit on. At the same time the person in the middle must try to find a chair. The person left standing is the new caller.
Calling out "fruit bowl" means everyone must change places.
1) Students are divided in teams of three. Each team will pick by chance three cards (previously provided by the teacher - I will bring them with me in Spain) with various words/verbs (some common, some uncommon) and each team will have to improvise a short skit using said words
2) the second activity is for advanced learners: after a random subject is chosen (eg is the internet killing television? Are boys better at sports than girls? - subject cards will be provided by me in Spain), two students will be seated in the middle of the room. The student on the right will have to play the part in favour of the sentence provided, the one on the left the opposite stance. After a couple of turns, the teacher will change the students’ position and so their stance on the topic will change as well; then the students will be changed and so on.
1. This is a fun introductory warm-up and concentration game. You can begin sitting down or standing up. In pairs, face each other. Start counting from one to three between yourselves, over and over. Once you get the hang of that part you are ready for the next stage. Instead of saying the number “one”, you should clap your hands – but you would still say “two” and “three” aloud.
Once everyone has mastered that, the next step is that instead of saying “three”, that person should bend their knees. You should still clap your hands for the number “one”. This is a bit like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time – in fact, you could try that afterwards!
A: “One” (Claps hands)
A: “Three” (Bends knees)
B: “One” (Claps hands)
B: “Three” (Bends knees)
2.Everybody stands in a circle. One person is picked to go outside the room while the rest of the group decides on an adverb, such as “quickly”, “cheerfully” or “sleepily.” The volunteer is called back to stand in the centre of the circle. His/Her task is to guess the adverb by asking any individual or a few members of the group to mime an activity. They should do this in the manner (style) of the word.
For example, the volunteer may ask someone to “play a piano” or “dig a hole” in the manner of the word. She watches to see how that person is doing the activity. If she can’t guess the adverb, she can ask other people to mime different activities (she is allowed up to three guesses). When she gets it right, or her three guesses are up, another volunteer goes outside while the group chooses a new adverb.
ONE WORD AT A TİME
In a circle, the story is started, with each person in turn adding one word. It usually starts with ‘Once – upon – a – time’. The idea is to keep your thoughts free flowing, so that you don’t try to guess what is coming or force the story in a particular direction. It is not always easy to maintain a logical flow for the story, although it is always amusing. If the group is too large, break into smaller groups.
2-In a sitting circle, lead all players in slapping their thighs to a rhythm. Next, name a category such as: colors; fruit; types of cars; words that start with ‘b’; etc. One at a time, going around the circle, each person must come up with something that fits the category and say it in rhythm. If a person stumbles or duplicates another player’s answer, he must offer a new category and start again.
We asked our students to vote for the play they would like to read by William Shakespeare. We carried out this opinion poll with the help of riddle.com.
They have voted for The Midsummer Nignt's Dream. It can be read online or downloaded as a book or as an audio book on english-e-books.net , and we also created a unit for this on clilstore.
We are continuously expanding the materials for reading comprehension and language practice on LearningApp.org.
As the common language of our project is English we decided to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest English authors: William Shakespeare.
We read the graded version of a book about his life and works and created some activities for our students to practice:
A Kahoot quiz
Students voted for the reader they would like to read together. The winning one was The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde. During the teacher training session we compiled teaching materials for working on this text.
We worked in four groups and focused on four types of activities:
-pre-reading tasks for dealing with the author and the age the book was written in.
-reading comprehension and language-related activities
- post-reading activities
A Kahoot quiz based on the reading.
Interactive exercises about Oscar Wilde created with LearningApps.org
Interactive exercises about The Canterville Ghost.
All the activities can be found here:
During the 1st student exchange, students shared a classical and a contemporary author with their peers with special view to one of their works. We chose authors whose works can be found in English so that we could work with the text as well.
We launched a series of activities based on the extracts we had chosen.
The extracts we worked with can be found here, where students can use a built-in multilingual dictionary to check unknown words:
Cervantes: Don Quijote
Balys Suoga: Forest of the Gods
Karinthy Frigyes: Please, Sir!
Mevlana: Solomon and the Hoopoe
Janko Polic Kamov: The Beard
During the Lithuanian joint teacher training session we took part in workshops about teaching reading. We shared good practices and methods.
We had chosen a fable from Aesop titled "Androcles and the Lion", which can be found here.
We formed pairs of partner countries and decided on the type of activities each of us will prepare.
It was a great way of learning from each other.
The lesson plans and activities we carried out:
During the project we also deal with the history and operation of the European Union with special attention to the roles the partner countries play in it.
During the Hungarian student exchange, students took part in a project day about the European Union.
We compiled lots of activities for checking their knowledge on this topic.
Lesson plans for the selfish giant .