LEARNING ENGLISH THROUGH THEATRE
We are an English Language School specialized in children from 3 to 12 years old.
We use a completely practical and physical approach to language learning.
Children learn to speak and understand the language in an intuitive and amusing way.
Our primary objective is that children have fun whilst learning.
Our classes are motivating, entertaining and engage students from the second they step into the classroom.
In A Coruña since 2008 providing high quality language teaching and now also in Amsterdam!
The method is based on the intuitive use of language. Students will progressively acquire the vocabulary and grammatical structures necessary for a natural and spontaneous communication appropriate to their levels.
100% of the class is oral. We use FLASH CARDS that are designed exclusively for us and a SONG per unit that is also created solely for theatrical. We use theatre games and theatrical techniques that strengthen other capabilities in children beyond language learning. All teachers are native English speakers.
We learn through practice: from games, songs, physical activity and theatre scenes. Combining voice and body. We put language into context. The theatre scene at the end of each class makes children use all the vocabulary used during the session in a specific context. We do the theatre scenes twice a week as it is through repetition that we remember and internalize learning.
The vocabulary and grammar are learned naturally, in a very direct and intuitive way.
We do not use books. We have material developed by theatrical and created exclusively for us that parents can download or listen to on our blog.
We do not do tests; we are not a conventional school. We do vocabulary revisions mid-year and at the end of the school year. We speak with each student individually to express how we see their progress and to listen to their opinion. There is an interaction and tracking of each student on a daily and continuous basis.
We do not give marks; we do a verbal assessment of the evolution of each student directly to parents. We are available to all parents in the mornings from Monday to Thursday throughout the school year.
We do not do a level test. We see no need to put the child in an uncomfortable situation. All students begin the school year with children of their own age and depending on their needs we reserve the right to change the student to a different group.
theatrical is a philosophy, a way of being, a way of respecting children and providing them a space that feels like their own. A space where they speak, sing, play, have fun and interact within a group: always in English, of course!
theatrical is also a method. Extensively studied and fine-tuned through practice for the past five years in La Coruña, Spain.
We work on thematically orientated units and all activities we do in each class are related to the topic that we are developing.
Depending on the age and level "target" vocabulary (Flash Cards) can be from 8 to 14 words per unit. Our intention is that this vocabulary is put into practice in everyday grammar, for children to use it without studying, simply through games, songs and theatre.
At more advanced levels "target" vocabulary is simply a pretext, a red line to centre all activities and lexicon around a certain topic.
English learning is supplemented by the main benefits of theatre in child development, that as the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) says are:
- A notable increase in self-esteem
- Respect for others
- Social Relations
- To control frustration
- To increase discipline
- Self-confidence to engage an audience
- Responsible habits acquisition
- To enhance values and norms of coexistence
- Development of thought and internal dialogue
- Sharpening of the senses
- Stimulation of imagination and creativity
Creator and Director of theatrical
Raquel has lived between the U.S.A and Europe since childhood. She studied Drama at Rose Bruford College in the UK and has worked in educational theatre since she graduated in 2001.
She was an actress for the children's theatre company in English "Forum Theatre and Education" for two seasons acted in over four hundred performances throughout Spain.
After that she worked in Cristina Marsillach’s "The Acting Academy" in Madrid where she taught English through theatre to children and adults.
Whilst in Madrid she produced and represented four of her own theatre pieces for children and worked in various theatre projects.
In 2006, they accepted her solo piece "soledad.es" at the prestigious New York Fringe Festival, year in which she moved to the Big Apple.
She extended her stay in New York City for two years, where she worked as an actress and continued her research on the usefulness of theatre as an educational tool.
In 2008 she moved to La Coruña and theatrical opened its doors in the heart of the city.
She has been teaching her own method since then and continues to do so, as it is only through practice that we learn!
Jessica De San Jose
Born and raised in Sydney to Spanish parents, she has the best of both cultures.
Her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy and her sweet charm for children make her the ideal teacher for our youngest students.
Energetic, enthusiastic, full of bright light and a little wacky this Brit is soo latin! Born and raised in England she started dancing and singing at an early age, her passion for performing arts grew and grew. She has worked in various places in and around Spain since 2006 as a singer, dancer and more recently children’s entertainer. Now, settled in La Coruna she is looking forward to a new adventure as part of the theatrical team.
Born in Jerez de la Frontera but she’s got the most British accent of all theatrical teachers! We could say she’s a native speaker as she’s been speaking English since a very early age. Her broad experience with children and her adventurous and young spirit make her the ¨perfect match¨for theatrical. Are you ready?