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W34 Ólafur Guðmundsson

Olafur Gudmundsson


FLÍSS – Association of Drama Teachers in Iceland

Building Blocks for Drama in Second Language Teaching

90 minutes


The aim of the workshop is to provide second language teachers with a
basic drama structure for their teaching and theory on how to facilitate
incorporating drama work into their teaching. It seeks to create a starting
point for successful development of drama work in the language classroom
and point to ways of doing so.
At the end of the workshop the participants will have an idea of what is
most important when incorporating drama into language teaching and
education in general. They will be provided with some basic principles for
the development of communication skills through drama and some useful building blocks from which to develop more extended drama work in their
As the workshop proceeds, in between activities theoretical information
and context will be given on the framework for the workshop and the
exercises that are done. Discussion will happen alongside the activities.

Ólafur Guðmundsson is an actor, drama teacher and director living in
Iceland. His profession is drama teaching in primary and secondary
education as well as teaching drama in community contexts. He has an MA
degree in Applied Drama in Educational, Social and Community Contexts
from Goldsmith’s College, University of London. He has in his work at the
University of Iceland and as a teacher of Icelandic to foreigners developed
methods for working with drama in language teaching. In his work as a
drama teacher and specialist he focuses on drama as an art subject in
education, the integration of drama and the other arts into language
teaching and drama as a vehicle for self-development and self-awareness.
He is also interested in creative playwrighting as one vehicle for actors’
training and character development in drama work.

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