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It’s a Saturday, and I’m getting ready to learn something about teaching English through participatory arts…

Rewrite is a London-based charity that seeks to

…bring together young people from different backgrounds to fight prejudice and injustice, through the power of drama and creative writing.

Rewrite mission http://www.rewrite.org.uk

You might ask why I am choosing to give up part of my weekend that something that is ostensibly work-related, but my attitude towards my profession is that there are always things to be learnt and things that can add to my practice as an ESOL teacher and trainer.

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Drama and creative writing, the two focii of Rewrite’s work with young people, are not things that I have explored in any great depth in my teaching career so far. Sure, there have been moments when I have used drama techniques, after all, it is rare the English language teacher that has never conducted a role-play in their class. I’ve also started using improv techniques as warmers and at other times with my ESOL students to change the pace of lessons.

But I wouldn’t say that I am very confident in doing any of these things. I’m sure thereare things I can do to conduct better role-plays, or make better use of the creative and imaginative opportunities that improv activities can afford us. That is the reason why I’m here today: to learn.

I aim to write up at least a few notes of the sessions I attend today and share them here on my blog.