Non-Degree / Dates: 1 week: 16-20 January 2017 or 2 weeks: 16-27 January 2017

The ImprovEnglish course is designed to give students with an existing knowledge of English a deep grounding in practical speaking that can be used in social and professional situations. The strength of the course is its use of improvisation and theatre techniques which aims students to be more self-confident and fluent in the English language.

Language is often taught as a science whereas it is more appropriate to approach it as an art form. One can communicate the same information in a multitude of different ways using langauge and all of them can be correct.

Communication is the reason we learn foreign languages. If a language student has no desire or confidence to speak then communication will be extremely difficult and progress will be slow and stunted. With more focus on speaking and listening with live reactions, there will be quicker retention of language rules, realisation of word order and increased vocabulary.

ImprovEnglish uses practical exercises such as Improtheater based on Keith Johnstones theatersport, group problem solving, language exploration activities and creative games that ensure that there is the maximum potential for language retention, improvement and enjoyment. There will be no specific grammar taught, no chairs, tables or overhead projectors. No chalk, whiteboards or hand raising to answer questions. The course will be practical, increase your spontaneity, fluency and self-confidence.  The course will provide an environment where you can create, learn, fail, improve all while enjoying the English language, free from the classic classroom science style learning environment.

The course is led by Dan Renwick. Dan is an Australian born circus and theatre trainer. With an extensive improvisational theatre background and being awarded ‘Most exciting circus talent 2001’, he has loads of experience to draw from. He has performed and held workshops all over the world.

Timetable for language classes

From Monday to Friday:
15:30 – 17:00 Language lessons
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee break
17:30 – 19:00 Language lessons

Participants

Anyone interested in the English language. The participant should have  an intermediate knowledge of English.

Credit points

No credits will be awarded. The students will get the winter school certificate of participation.

Course fee

1 week: 170 EUR; for students 150 EUR

2 weeks: 320 EUR; for students 270 EUR

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

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Listen to our participants

"I would for sure recommend it to those who are interested in practising English speaking and listening skills. Absolutely awesome man! Dan Renwick is an interesting person with huge life experience, ready to help and very positive."

Anna Sheykhet, Russia

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