Multilingual Performance Project

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The exciting Multilingual Performance Project (MPP) showcases and celebrates the multilingual nature of schools and demonstrates how multilingualism can interact creatively with teaching in the classroom, promoting both taught languages and the use of community languages. The project will reach across England and Wales and will run until the summer of 2020.

The main aims of the project include building confidence among teachers in conducting creative work in school, increasing awareness of the creative dimension of languages, and generating enthusiasm for language learning.

The project involves different forms of performance from short sketches, play readings and news broadcasts through to full theatre productions. The scope of each project and the participants involved is based on the school’s interests, resources and needs. Commitment can be low and performances can be small-scale, avoiding unnecessary additional pressure on teacher time. 

We are also establishing relationships between participating schools and their local theatres, who are supporting these multilingual performances and workshops; they include: Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Prime Theatre in Swindon, Hull Truck Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre.

 

Read our latest blog posts about MPP projects to learn more

THE BIRDS: using theatre to explore multilingualism in schools

Teacher feedback: using drama activities in MFL lessons

How I produced my first ever (multilingual) school play

 

Online resources

Short video guides to simple drama activities including: Buzzy Bees, Sevens, Illnesses & Injuries, What are you doing? and Would I Lie to you?

Each video clearly explains the drama activities and offers advice on how you can adapt them for different levels and link them to topic work.

 

Upcoming events

11 September 2019: MFL teacher workshop at Hampstead Theatre, London, 4.30 - 6.15pm. Book (free) tickets via Eventbrite.

16 November: The MPP director will be presenting Teaching with Drama at The London Language Show. Find out more.

 

Downloadable resources

Download the MPP Starter Pack for more information and some ideas of simple drama activities which can be used in the language classroom.

Email the project director to find out more about the MPP, or join the MPP mailing list to hear about upcoming events and workshops.

 

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Where next?

Find out more about the Creative Multilingualism research programme

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