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Masterclasses with Jonothan Neelands

Monday 22, Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 October 2007

The Division of Professional Learning at the Faculty of Education and Social Work in association with the Arts, English and Literacy Education Research Network are offering Masterclasses with the world-renowned English and drama educator, Professor Jonothan Neelands. In these half-day workshops teachers will see practically how they can bring literature to life in their own classrooms. These workshops are directly relevant to those teaching drama or English in the secondary school. Teachers are welcome to choose as many workshops as they like but places are strictly limited.

Workshop 1

Monday 22 October 9:30 – 12:30

The Arrival; I pity the poor immigrant

This practical workshop is based on images from Shaun Tan's masterwork which explores issues of migration and identity at a universal level. The workshop also incorporates clips from Nick Broomfield's docudrama 'The Ghosts' which tells the real story of a group of Chinese migrant workers who drowned in Morecambe Bay in England in 1995. The workshop brings together the three elements of a contemporary English curriculum - English, Drama and Media - whilst emphasising the need for creative and critical approaches to the study of representations and the shaping of identity through the English curriculum. Simple drama and creative writing activities are used to generate curiosity, empathy and affective responses to an issue of global significance.
The Arrival - Shaun Tan

Workshop 2

Tuesday 23 October 9:30 – 12:30

The Tempest

This practical workshop uses a range of Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) rehearsal room techniques to bring the poetry and drama of the play to life for young learners. The workshop is designed to give confidence to both teachers and learners in using more active and creative approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare as drama. The workshop has been developed in partnership with CAPITAL (Creativity and Performance in Teaching and Learning) a unique partnership between the RSC and the University of Warwick.
The Tempest

Workshop 3

Wednesday 24 October 12:30 – 3:30

The Emperor and the Kite

In this practical workshop we will explore ways of working in drama with multiple objectives and multiple effects. In particular the workshop looks at balancing Human, Academic/artistic, Vocational and Evaluatory (HAVE) objectives in an English classroom scheme of work based on an ancient Chinese story. The practical work will introduce students to inter-cultural performance conventions, the elements of poetry writing as well as human objectives relating to power and the shaping of identity. The practical work is also designed to clearly illustrate the Structuring Drama Work approach to planning and teaching.
The Emperor and the Kite

About Jonothan Neelands

Professor Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow and Chair of Drama and Theatre Education in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick, where he teaches graduate and research students. He is an experienced trainer and workshop leader with a national and international reputation for delivering high quality professional training and development opportunities. Research interests include the politics of cultural and education policy-making, teaching in urban settings, the sociology of educational disadvantage and the articulation of a pro-social pedagogy of dramatic practice.

He is an associate of the CAPITAL Centre for creativity and performance in teaching and learning, which is a joint initiative between the University of Warwick and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is closely involved in the RSC's Time For Change campaign to improve the quality of Shakespeare teaching at secondary and HE levels. Jonothan also advises government on the identification and training of talented young performers. Jonothan is the author of several texts for teachers and students, which have influenced the development of drama in recent years including Structuring Drama Work, Beginning Drama 11-14, Key Shakespeare 1 and 2 and Drama and Theatre Studies at A/S and A level. His latest publication is Improving Your Primary School Through Drama.
Jonothan Neelands

Fees & Registration

1 workshop - $100 | 2 workshops - $200 | 3 workshops - $275 (GST inclusive)

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