Non-Degree / Dates: January 2023
The Improv.English 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.
Improv.English 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.
Why this course?
The course is led by Dan Renwick. Dan is an Australian born circus, theatre and language 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:
10:00 – 11:30 Language lessons
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Language lessons
Anyone interested in the English language. The participant should have an intermediate knowledge of English.
NB! When travelling to Estonia, the requirements established in Estonia must be followed. Read about them from kriis.ee website.
Please note that in order to participate, you will need to present one of these medical certificates: Certificate of full vaccination against COVID-19 (EU accepted vaccine)
Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within the past 6 months (valid until the end of the course).
Please note that restrictions may change depending on the decision made by the Estonian Government. We highly recommend taking out insurance coverage.
2 ECTS. In order to get the winter school certificate, students have to participate in at least 75% of the classes and give a short presentation at the end of the course.
Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.