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Body and language: performative approaches to teach languages in intercultural contexts

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Body and language: performative approaches to teach languages in intercultural contexts

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Dates:From 04/07/2022 to 08/07/2022

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:Susana Martín Leralta / Margarita Planelles Almeida

Course authors and tutors:Zeina Alhmoud, Margarita Planelles Almeida y Ángel Sánchez Perabá

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Course description

The course proposes using a performative methodological approach as a language teaching tool, from an intercultural perspective based on applied theater. This approach is based on the experience of the body as the starting point for the development of linguistic competence. To do this, it uses techniques, figures and aesthetic processes adapted from the performing arts.

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

This course is an activity for the transfer of research results from the EMILIA R&D project [FFI2017-83166-C2-2-R], financed by FEDER, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and the State Research Agency.

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.

Margarita Planelles Almeida ([email protected])
PhD in Philosophy from the University of Seville and Master's degree in Linguistics applied to the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language from Nebrija University. She is a professor in the master's degrees in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and Linguistics Applied to Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and Coordinator of the Nebrija-Santander Global Chair of Spanish as a language of migrants and refugees. She has published several scientific articles related to this specialty and is co-author of the SFL manual ¡Genial!: Curso de español, from the EnClave-ELE publishing house.

Zeina Alhmoud ([email protected])
PhD in Linguistics Applied to Teaching from the University of Granada (2016). She graduated in Modern Languages (Spanish and English) from the University of Jordan (2006). She has over four years of experience teaching English as a foreign language. She has several works of illustration and elaboration of didactic presentations, among them the research project, financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain, "Advanced Grammar of Spanish as a Foreign Language" (FFI2009-13107). University of Granada (Principal Researcher Alejandro Castañeda Castro). She is currently a professor in the Department of Applied Languages at Nebrija University. She teaches classes in the Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages, the Master's Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, and the Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics. She is a member of the LAELE research group at Nebrija University, and participates in the Regional Plan research project (IN.MIGRA2-CM). Her area of research focuses on cognitive linguistics and its application to teaching second languages, and the use of images and animations in the L2 classroom. She has a special interest in the design of illustrations and teaching materials.

Ángel Sánchez Perabá ([email protected])
Actor, movement consultant and art educator at Escuela Cross. He trained at the RESAD in Madrid.
The last piece in which he danced was Atávico (dir. Poliana Lima), first prize at the 28th Madrid Choreographic Contest. As a choreographer and movement consultant, he works on: Animales feroces (dir. Rennier Piñero), Inside (PopUp Theatrics) and Nora, 1959 (TCBP).
His latest works as an actor are Nora, 1959 ¡Cómo está Madriz!, Fisuras, Our Town.


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 Almeida. Author of theater publications applied to Spanish as a Foreign Language.
  • Zeina Alhmoud. PhD in Linguistics Applied to Teaching from the University of Granada.
  • Ángel Sánchez Perabá. Actor trained at the Royal School of Dramatic Art in Madrid (RESAD).
  • 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 inquire at: : [email protected]

Contact information to formalize the registration:

[email protected]

Other information:

Mailing address: C/ Santa Cruz de Marcenado, 27. 28015 Madrid
Phone number: 914521103 Fax: 914521110