Workshops and theater performances in English: a living learning experience at Montech High School.
Recently, in the busy corridors of Olympe-de-Gouges High School in Montech, the three first and final English classes of LLCE (Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilizations) Mrs. Morales Cuella and Mrs. Cloris took part in a live English theater. workshops by the bilingual company La Falaise, based in Bordeaux, which offers performances in English.
Students enthusiastically participated in these workshops, which aimed to immerse students in the complexities of the English language through dramatic expression and were enthusiastically received by both students and teachers. Contributing to the artistic and cultural education of students, this system allowed them to discover theatrical works through a series of interactive exercises, role-plays, readings and staging of scenes from Shakespeare’s works.
“This way, students not only improve their language skills, but also gain a deeper understanding of cultural nuances,” explained Ms. Cloris. This project aims to make students culturally open, but also to boost their confidence, as few of them would at first think that they can manipulate and give voice to 16th century English.”
The various techniques presented to the students will enable them to better approach the various oral exams, including the large oral test, the main test in the verification of their matriculation.
“One of the main goals of these workshops is to create a dynamic learning environment where students feel empowered to express themselves freely in English,” continues Ms. Morales Cuella. “Participating in theater activities such as improv games and re-enactments, students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and explore language in creative and engaging ways.”
Students were also able to meet and interact with theater professionals.
This meeting is the core of the educational support work carried out by teachers and cultural partners with the aim of laying the foundations of theatrical and literary culture. At the end of the three-hour workshops, all the students performed a play with an interpretation of “Romeo and Juliet” in English in beautiful performances.
The stage is set for the coming learning and enjoyment experience with the arrival of a second English-speaking theater company, the Pickles Company, who will perform their show in front of middle school students and then high school students from the Montech facility. The organizing teachers hope that they have participated in passing on and nibbling on theater, the English language and the culture of the English-speaking world to their students.