30 Jan 2019

ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre is the result of a three-year research process undertaken by English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers and students with participatory theatre practitioners, exploring how to implement Theatre of the Oppressed in the ESOL classroom.

The resource shares the experiences and learning, as well as explains the work to different practitioners and students who are interested in Participatory ESOL practices. The research process was documented through illustrations by Nic Vas, who has illustrated the resource and authoured the comic Speaking Without Words. The collectively developed methodologies shared in this resource are part of a radical ESOL education that is interested in transformation as opposed to inclusion.

ACT ESOL is an ongoing practice-led collaborative action research project initiated by Serpentine Projects in partnership with English for Action. The project brings together English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers and students with theatre director Frances Rifkin (Implicated Theatre) and artist researcher Nelly Alfandari to develop a political and participatory approach that combines language-learning with a focus on resistance.

The resource is designed by Elisabeth Klement.

ACT ESOL Research Group:

Nelly Alfandari, Dermot Bryers, Alexander Black, Elizabeth Graham, Amy Jowett, Amal Khalaf, Barbara Labiejko, Lawrence Leason, Liz Mytton, Silva Perin, Frances Rifkin, Jess Walker, Becky Winstanley, Nic Vass.

The ACT ESOL research group will be organising a series of free, in depth, one day training sessions in London, Bristol and in other cities across the UK in 2019. To register your interest, order a copy of the resource, and/or share any notes, images and anecdotes of how you have incorporated ACT ESOL into your classroom or organising space, please email us.


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