Project category: cooperation for innovation

Project outcome: development and implementation of Remote Theatre methodology in language learning

Project no: 2020-1-RO01-KA204-080056

Remote Theatre is a unique language teaching methodology developed by Nick Bilbrough, one of the most prominent names in the ELT (English Language Teaching) industry. Nick is a teacher, teacher-trainer and author of resource books for teachers. He has taught and trained language teachers in many diverse contexts in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe. He is also the founder and coordinator of the award-winning UK registered charity, The The Hands Up Project which provides learning opportunities for young people, mostly in Palestine, through online conversation, storytelling and drama activities. In fact, Remote Theatre was developed through activities ran by The Hands Up Project, providing not only an English language learning tool, but also a voice to the world for students in Gaza and Zaatari refugee camp using the internet and simple video conferencing equipment.

Through several years of implementation, Remote Theatre stared shaping into a full-bodied methodology incorporating multiple innovative elements:

  • Telling a story through Zoom
  • Roleplay and simulation
  • Basic and advanced improvisation activities
  • Physical drama activities and Total Physical Response
  • Online drama and games
  • Puppetry and masks
  • Turning a script into a piece of Remote Theatre

The goal of this project, coordinated by our partner institution International House Bucharest, is to gather and analyze relevant information based on the previous experience and implementation, and give it a structured form. We aim to achieve this goal through development of three intellectual outputs:

  • A complete handbook for teachers, which will be a training tool on how to apply Remote Theatre methodology in language teaching
  • A collection of 30 plays ready to be performed using Remote Theatre
  • Web application which will serve as a main hub for developing and sharing scripts and plays, and ensure transferability of our project to other fieldsT