Bio – data

Nick Bilbrough speaks regularly at conferences worldwide on the role of drama and storytelling techniques in second language learning. He is the author of two resource books in the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series: Dialogue Activities (2007) and Memory Activities for Language Learning (2011), as well as Stories Alive, a free resource book of story-based activities for young learners, published by British Council Palestine. Most of his time and energy is now devoted to the registered charity he established, The Hands Up Project – providing learning opportunities through online storytelling and drama to disadvantaged children in Palestine and Jordan.


Plenary abstract

The play’s the thing
Scripted plays have been used to teach English to second language learners since before the time of Shakespeare. In this plenary I'll reflect on my experiences of language learning through drama from the perspective of both the learner and the teacher. I'll also explore how simple plays are being used with children in refugee camps in Gaza as a tool for empowerment, and as a way to bring their English to life. From this I'll propose a rationale for the performance and creation of plays as a core component within a modern lexical (Lewis 1993) or play-based (Cook 2000) syllabus.


Workshop abstract
In our own write
The idea of scaffolding is normally applied to spoken language development but, in the same way that speech may be enhanced by the participation of a more capable peer, so too may written work. In this highly practical workshop we’ll explore four learner and learning- centered ways of organizing writing in the classroom, where short texts, that are co-constructed between learners and teacher, serve as memorable records for reinforcing and reviewing emergent language.


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