ACT ESOL

ACT ESOL

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 participatory theatre practitioners. 

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Since 2011, Serpentine Projects’ ongoing Implicated Theatre has formed close relationships with migrants’ rights groups, migrant labour unions, researchers and most recently English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers. The project creates workshops, theatrical interventions, tool-kits and pedagogical films inspired by real-life struggle. A recurring theme that has emerged from the various Implicated Theatre projects has been around language and language based discrimination.

The existence of educational provision for those affected by a new landscape of increased immigration control is under threat, in particular, the impact that cuts to social services and aggressive immigration policies have had on ESOL provision has been devastating. Set against this political backdrop ACT ESOL, an ongoing practice-led collaborative research project, was initiated by Serpentine Projects in partnership with English for Action (EFA). The project brings together ESOL teachers and students with theatre director Frances Rifkin (Implicated Theatre) and artist researcher Nelly Alfandari to develop a political and participatory ESOL approach that combines language-learning with a focus on resistance.

The project was established in 2015 after a pilot workshop series led by Becky Winstanley from EFA, where ACT ESOL explored ways in which radical ESOL and radical theatre could come together in a single project to develop new methodologies for the ESOL classroom. Following the success of the pilot, Implicated Theatre worked with EFA to establish a participatory action research project involving nine ESOL teachers as researchers. 
Download a report on the pilot by Becky Winstanley.

ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre  resource is the result of this three-year research process undertaken by the teachers and 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. 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.
Download or order a copy of the ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre resource

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 2019/20. 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 contact us on: [email protected].

 

 

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ACT ESOL: Language, Resistance, Theatre Training Workshop (October 2019)

19 Oct 2019 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre training workshops are the result of a three-year research process undertaken by Participatory ESOL practitioners and Participatory Theatre practitioners, exploring how to implement Theatre of the Oppressed in the ESOL classroom. The training shared the experiences and learning from this process, as well as explain the work to ESOL practitioners to implement in their own contexts.

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ACT ESOL: Language, Resistance, Theatre Training Workshop (November 2019)

16 Nov 2019 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre training workshops are the result of a three-year research process undertaken by Participatory ESOL practitioners and Participatory Theatre practitioners, exploring how to implement Theatre of the Oppressed in the ESOL classroom. The training shared the experiences and learning from this process, as well as explain the work to ESOL practitioners to implement in their own contexts.

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ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre Publication Workshop Launch

12 Jan 2019 - 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

ACT ESOL presented their new publication ACT ESOL Language, Resistance, Theatre at Conway Hall on 12 January 2019.

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ACT ESOL: Language, resistance, theatre

7 May 2016 - 3:00 PM

Teacher Becky Winstanley and Implicated Theatre Director Frances Rifkin discussed ACT ESOL, an ongoing theatre and language education project that combines Theatre of the Oppressed and Participatory ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).

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Park Nights 2016: Towards a Radio Ballad: Songs of the Journey

24 Jun 2016 - 8:00 PM

Implicated Theatre, presented a participatory evening of theatrical interventions and sound compositions developed from a year-long collaboration with unionised migrant hotel workers from Unite’s Hotel Workers Branch as part of the Edgware Road Project.

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ACT ESOL Workshop

2017
ACT ESOL workshop

ACT ESOL 1

2019
ACT ESOL: Language, Resistance, Theatre resource
Photo: Anu Vahtra

ACT ESOL Workshop 2

2017
ACT ESOL workshop

Follow the sound

Nic Vass

2018
Follow the sound

Image Courtesy of the artist