AJ_DRAM Improvisation and drama in English

Faculty of Education
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
0/3/0. 2 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Tomáš Andrášik (seminar tutor), Mgr. Hana Vrtalová (deputy)
Guaranteed by
PhDr. Irena Přibylová, Ph.D.
Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Jana Popelková
Supplier department: Department of English Language and Literature - Faculty of Education
Timetable of Seminar Groups
AJ_DRAM/01: Wed 13:00–15:35 učebna 19, T. Andrášik
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/18, only registered: 0/18, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/18
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main objectives of the course in the semester are to allow students to practice their English in a controlled environment. During the classes the method of theatre improvisation will be used and language as well as communicative skills will be developed in an entertaining way. The course will also help to build up experience in performing in front of an audience: something that is essential for future teachers of English and for every job requiring public speaking skills.
  • The method of theatre improvisation was originally developed in 60’s by Keith Johnstone and from 80’s it is being applied to education, soft skills development and language learning.
  • “Improvisation can be considered the fifth skill — the skill which follows reading, listening, speaking, and writing. In many ways, it is the most important because it is the real test of whether students can use what they have learned without being told exactly what to do or say.” (Maurer, 1997).
  • • The principles of theatre improvisation
  • • 4CS development – Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity
  • • Language in authentic communication
  • • Students’ projects
  • WAY, Brian. Rozvoj osobnosti dramatickou improvizací (Variant.) : Výchova dramatickou improvizací. info
  • JOHNSTONE, Keith. Impro for Storytellers. 1999. ISBN 0-571-19099-5. info
  • SPOLIN, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater Third Edition. Northwestern University Press, 1999. info
  • WAY, Brian. Výchova dramatickou improvizací. Vyd. 1. Praha: ISV nakladatelství, 1996. 218 s. ISBN 80-85866-16-1. info
  • SPOLIN, Viola. Theater Games for the Classroom. Northwestern University Press, 1986. ISBN 978-0-8101-4004-2. info
  • JOHNSTONE, Keith. IMPRO: Improvisation and Theatre. 1981. ISBN 978-80-7331-266-4. info
  • REDGRAVE, Michael. The actor's ways and means. London: Heinemann, 1966. 96 s. ISBN 0-435-18762-7. info
Teaching methods
The class is based around the practical application of the improvisational techniques.
Assessment methods
Attendance, active participation and student’s projects.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Předmět bude realizován pokud se přihlásí alespoň 10 studentů.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Spring 2011, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Spring 2014, Autumn 2015, Spring 2016, Autumn 2016, Spring 2017.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2015, recent)
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