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Body and language: performative approaches to learning Spanish

Course in Body and language: performative approaches to learning Spanish Course in Body and language: performative approaches to learning Spanish
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Body and language: performative approaches to learning Spanish

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Dates:from 05/07/2021 to 09/07/2021

Duration:25 hours. From Monday to Friday, from 9.00 h to 14.00 h

Tuition fee:280€. The amount includes the material provided during the course, the practical exercises and the issuance of the certificate.

Director:Margarita Planelles Almeida y M.ª Eugenia Flores

Course authors and tutors:Margarita Planelles Almeida, Belén de Santiago y M.ª Eugenia Flores.

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Course description

The course proposes the performative methodological approach as a SFL teaching tool, from an intercultural perspective based on applied theater. Performative approaches are based on experience through the body as a starting point for the development of linguistic competence. To do this, we use techniques, mannerisms and aesthetic processes adapted from performing arts.

Theater facilitates the development of communication skills, helps to reduce the affective filter and encourages participation in an environment of respect for diversity. The course is aimed at teachers interested in knowing the fundamentals and techniques of applied theater for teaching languages. It has a practical orientation and consists of face-to-face sessions in which the learning dynamics will be carried out through applied theater.

This course is oriented to the development of the key competences of teachers:

  • Organize learning situations.
  • Involve students in controlling their own learning.
  • Facilitate intercultural communication.

  • Teachers of Spanish as a second and foreign language.
  • Teachers of other foreign languages.
  • Foreign language teacher trainers.
  • Editors and authors of teaching materials.
  • Specialized Spanish teachers or those who wish to specialize in teaching Spanish for specific purposes.
  • Volunteers of non-governmental organizations.
  • Reflect on the theoretical and methodological principles of performative approaches and their adaptation to the teaching of Spanish.
  • Experiment with dynamics typical of applied theater for managing diversity and intercultural communication.
  • Analyze and assess different resources to implement in the classroom a performative methodological approach to teaching and learning the language.
  • Apply the principles of performative approaches to the creation of didactic proposals for the SFL classroom.
  • Ángel Perabá
  • Margarita Planelles Almeida (mplanelles@nebrija.es)
  • María Eugenia Flores (mflores2@nebrija.es)
  • Belén de Santiago (belen@thecrossborderproject.com)
  • Methodology

    Different types of practical activities are proposed and involve reflection and experimentation of the dynamics of theater applied to language teaching. The activities are oriented to the development of skills for teaching SFL from performative approaches. Reflection on the theoretical principles is encouraged, as well as their practical application, through examples and the construction of their own proposals.


    Students who have participated in this course will receive a certification of attendance issued by the Cervantes Institute and Nebrija University, which will be sent by this university to the interested party. To do this, attendance will be mandatory and absences, regardless of the cause, may not exceed 15% of the total duration of the course.


    Prior to taking the course, it is recommended the student consult the following:

    • Flores, M.E., De Santiago Chércoles, B. and Planelles Almeida, M. (2020) Teatro aplicado y ELE: la estrategia del teacher in role para una enseñanza performativa de la lengua. Espiral: revista de la Consejería de Educación en Bulgaria, 24, pgs.12-18.
    • Motos Teruel, T. (2019). Propuesta para una clasificación de las actividades dramáticas. Revista de Artes Performativas, Educación y Sociedad, 1(1), 11-27.

    Contents and Professors

    Course professors
    • Margarita Planelles (coordinator of the Nebrija-Santander Global Chair for Spanish as a Language of Migrants and Refugees. Author of materials, trainer of SFL teachers, author of publications of theater applied to SFL).
    • M.ª Eugenia Flores (PhD candidate of the Nebrija-Santander Global Chair for Spanish as a Language of Migrants and Refugees. Trainer of SFL teachers and author of publications on theater applied to SFL. Facilitator of Teatro del Oprimido).
    • Belén de Santiago (art educator and actress in The Cross Border Project, member of the pedagogical team of the Escuela Infantil y Juvenil de la Cuarta Pared. Author of publications on theater applied to SFL).
    • Theater applied to SFL teaching: towards a performative approach to teaching language.
    • Process drama: principles for designing didactic proposals in the SFL classroom.
    • Techniques I and II: Teacher in role and Role on the wall.
    • Techniques III and IV: objects and character creation. Image theater.
    • Designing didactic sequences from a performative approach: integration of linguistic skills and content.

    Registration and Information

    Interested parties can request more information from: secretariafle@nebrija.es

    Contact information to formalize the registration:

    C/ Santa Cruz de Marcenado, 27
    28015 Madrid
    Tel: 914521103 Fax: 914521110

    Registration: informa@nebrija.es