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“Yes, and…”: Improv theater techniques to build creativity and speaking skills

05 Nov

Here you can download the list of resources I frequently turn to when looking for improv activities for class. This is the list referred to in my talk “Yes and…”: Improv theater techniques to build creativity and speaking skills.

A few activities I often demonstrate in this talk:

No-language warmers:

“Beat out that rhythm” from Maley & Duff, 1985, p. 53

“Emotional mirror” from http://improvencyclopedia.org/games//Emotional_Mirror.html

Verbal warmers:

“Metronome” (used in my improv theater group, but I haven’t found where it comes from)

“Using Lines of Dialogue” from Bernardi, 1992, pp. 127-136

Ways of Improv:

“Segmenting” from Spolin, 1999, p. 22-23

“Fishbowl” adapted from Wilson, 2012, pp. 50-51

Click here to download the annotated resource list for “Yes and…”: Improv theater techniques to build creativity and speaking skills by Christina Rebuffet-Broadus

If you have any suggestions for the activities or just want to share how they went in your classroom, please do so! I’d love to hear from you!

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2 Comments

Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Downloads

 

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2 responses to ““Yes, and…”: Improv theater techniques to build creativity and speaking skills

  1. englishteachingnotes

    November 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    a very interesting topic! looking forward to the talk…

     
  2. Adi Rajan

    October 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I just watched your session over at the IATEFL Hungary blog. It’s a nifty little demonstration of using improv in the classroom. My own experience of using improv exercises in the business context has made me realize the importance of establishing context and the reason why the Ss are doing these activities, something you covered … or it can really get the instructor into a bit of a soup.

     

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