English On Stage: Building Language Skills Through Performance
This course is expected to run but has not yet been scheduled.
The main objective of English on Stage is to provide students with an opportunity to hone their English language skills through improvisational and scripted performance. By setting English instruction in the world of the dramatic arts, the course encourages students to experiment with newly learned vocabulary and grammar. It supplements more traditional language learning models with an emphasis on diversity of conversational styles and modes of expression, and provides a supportive environment in which students can explore, get creative, take risks, and make mistakes.
The focus of the course is language-learning through the dramatic arts. By reading, analyzing, interpreting, performing, and adapting key play-texts from the 20th-century U.S., students will explore cultural shifts in American society while developing speech and comprehension skills. The course is also intended to develop students' public speaking abilities, by creating opportunities for students to perform in English in front of their peers. Students will leave the course with an expanded knowledge of U.S. history and culture, gained through a dynamic, interactive, and performance-based encounter with well-known works of American dramatic literature.
Students will have an improved command of the English language, including conversational and colloquial English, and will have gained experience and confidence in speaking in front of an audience. Students will also have a historical, political, and cultural framework for approaching the contemporary performing arts in U.S. society, and will have gained a basic knowledge of 20th-century American drama.
This course is only open to students enrolled in IEP (Intensive English Program).