We offer fourteen programs that are carefully differentiated to suit varying ages, abilities, group sizes and time frames. All of our programs can be customized to fit the specific requirements and goals of your students, English department and school.
English Theater Week
Theater Project Weeks offer the intense learning experiences of language immersion through the inspiring world of theater and storytelling. Over the course of one week participants collaborate with native-English actors and theatermakers to develop an original play from conception and storyboard, through script writing and rehearsal, culminating with a 30-45 minute performance before family and friends. Each student receives a minimum of 35 hours of instruction and has a guaranteed role in the final production. As a teaching method the Theater Project Week is uniquely effective. The creative process cultivates each student’s ownership of his or her learning by engaging their personal creativity. This creative engagement, supported by our international team, builds confidence and helps students overcome their inhibitions. Theater is ideally suited for differentiated instruction, allowing diverse learning types and language levels to find individually meaningful roles within the project. Along with exploring the theatrical language students will develop the key communicative competencies required to bring their creative ideas, words and actions to the stage, in English.
Native Speaker Week
This is an excellent opportunity for young learners or students who struggle toward English proficiency to find new confidence, tools, and strategies for keeping themselves motivated in the face of the frustration and challenge they may encounter when beginning to learn a new language. The Activity Project Week brings together some of InterACT’s favorite exercises and lessons for diverse learning types, including language games, sports, theater, arts and crafts, and media based activities. Students will develop new vocabulary in an immersive language environment where everyone is encouraged to communicate in English exclusively all day. This workshop culminates in an energetic show of theater skits for friends, family and fellow classmates.
Media Project Week
Students bring more to life than just the English language in the Media Project Week. In this workshop students learn the fascinating art of stop-motion animation to create multiple short videos using themes of their choice. This project is highly adaptable to a wide range topics and thematic focuses. The media project week culminates in an Animation-festival for friends, family and fellow classmates and students are provided with digital copies of their work. Class teachers can be excited about being introduced to stop-motion-based learning methods and related resources that will allow them to utilize the technique as a creative method for future classroom projects on their own. Related skills taught in this workshop are storyboarding, narration and voice-over in English, teamwork, and diverse media skills including using animation and film apps.
Film Project Week
Film Project Weeks offer a unique and exciting hands-on experience with film making. The entire class goes through a dynamic generative process to develop an original idea for a film that is relevant to them. With the concept decided each student has the opportunity to learn about one or more production roles either behind or in front of the camera. Students have the choice of being on either the production or creative team: the production team works with the camera, lights, and sound recording, while the creative team designs and builds film sets, creates and chooses costumes, and does character make-up and – most exciting – acting. This rich and multifaceted collaboration with native-English filmmakers and actors uses modern professional equipment and filmmaking techniques to produce a truly impressive 5-to-7-minute long HD film. Along with improving their English, students will develop critical media competencies and deepen their understanding of the cinematic language and its production. Each student is provided with digital copies of the film and encouraged to screen their work in the school and elsewhere.
Custom weeks offer the breadth and depth of InterACT’s other arts-integrated English workshops but with a thrilling twist. Our broad experience and unique team of Teaching-Artists equips us to customize our programs to diverse teacher or student interests, retreat-style locations, and special events such as historic re-enactments or site-specific performances. Custom weeks are ideal to run in tandem within larger school projects, for advanced students, or as part of professional teacher development. Optional programs in French or Spanish are available through InterACT’s partner organizations, and a variety of art forms or performance disciplines such as dance, music, and the visual arts can be incorporated.
English Culture Day
The English Culture Day is a 1-day program suitable for entire schools or selected classes. A typical day consists of 5 x 45 minute lessons with different activities such as: language games, percussion, theater, hip-hop dance, singing and stop-motion animation. Students travel from classroom to classroom in small groups where they work with a number of different instructors. The day revolves around experiencing aspects of English speaking culture, tradition and art forms in a fun atmosphere. When desired the day can be thematically focused on a specific topic.
Group size approx. 18 to 500 participants
*Great for Elementary schools
- Dynamic introduction to the English language
- New vocabulary
- Practice listening comprehension
- Experience a variety of artistic disciplines
- Explore various cultures and accents
- Work with native English speakers
- Spark students’ interest for English
One, Two, Three, Four, the Creepy Monster Crawls on the Floor
To bring a monster to life we have to know everything about it. What colour is it? How many eyes does it have? Does it walk or slither? What kind of sounds does it make? And what does it like to eat? For three days, young learners will make their own monsters. Developing their creature from an idea, to a drawing, and eventually into a costume. The program introduces basic English nouns, verbs and sentences in a playful performative workshop. In addition to crafting activities, students will learn games, songs and dances which will be performed during the finale of the project – The Monster Parade.
Individual or multiple classes / whole school possible
English: new vocabulary i.e. colours, numbers, ‘monster’ body parts, motion verbs, simple phrases
Arts Skills: group collaboration, developing creative ideas, drawing, crafting 3D costumes, improving kinaesthetic awareness and motor skills through dance and music.
Kids Space Adventure
English is the universal language and as such our ticket to wild adventures in our galaxy and beyond. In this project, students will develop their own original space-themed theatre skits. Adventure to new planets, encounter intergalactic alien romance and discover strange and mysterious cultures. The mysteries of space imagined and performed by your students in English. With a focus on theater games, improvisation, original songs and dance the program provides scaffolding for students to begin using English to communicate their creative ideas to an audience.
Individual or multiple classes / whole school possible
English: new vocabulary i.e. space, machines, family, adjectives, language awareness, improving confidence when speaking
Arts skills: Story development, improvisation, acting, empathy for fictional characters and situations, group cooperation
Presentation and Job Preparation Skill-building
Any young German professional who can confidently transition to English in a job interview, school presentation or public speaking scenario has an immediate and impressive edge over his or her peers. This workshop cultivates real-world skills through intense role-playing practice with native English speaking actors in situations including job and internship interviews, and college admission interviews. Each student receives personalized feedback about how he or she can be most confident, articulate, and persuasive in English. Detailed notes identify each student’s unique qualities and strengths along with areas for continuing improvement. At the end of the program each participant receives a detailed feedback report that outlines further steps to continue improving independently in the future.
Performing Literature focuses the student’s learning through a two-day intensive performing arts workshop using the works of classical literature like Shakespeare, Goethe, or contemporary authors. Students are introduced to a performance method that helps them to identify dramatic content in story and to interpret it and successfully perform it. Beyond the opportunity to act and perform in English, students receive personalized feedback and coaching with a professional performer. This is a profound and different way to approach education and literary material. Students will focus on developing empathy for characters and situations, not only searching for plot, story, or historical aspects but for also what can be embodied in the drama of the piece – interpreting the reality between the lines. The program is an intensive and immersive English experience which seeks to open new connections for students to the written word.
Debate skills for a complex world
Expressing a one-sided opinion in a foreign language is one thing, but engaging with someone in debate and even persuading him or her to agree with your position is a higher level of skill altogether. In this workshop students choose debate topics that matter to them and learn to understand and argue the counter position. Students develop a “360-degree approach” to examining their complex real-world issue. As teams, they practice through various English / American debate formats, including competitive debate preparation. This is a great opportunity to learn how to perform under pressure. This workshop is rich with advanced language practice with native speakers, focusing on nuances of speech, word selection, and tips and tricks for making a compelling and convincing argument. Students learn and develop rhetorical vocabulary, turns of phrase, and sentence structure as well as the attitude and confidence needed to be a persuasive speaker. One-on-one feedback and coaching is offered to hone the unique insight and voice of each student.
Class trips can be organized at off-site locations youth hostels, hotels and campgrounds. Our class-trips share similar characteristics to the English Project Week but utilize the additional resources available at the off-site venue. An immersive English project with our native-speaking team can make your next class-trip a fun adventure and might include filmmaking, nature activities, sports, or crafting.
A complete trip including: venue, transport, catering and a custom program in English can also be organized. Please get in touch with your specific requirements.
Group size approx. 18 to 35 participants per program.
Multiple classes / Entire grade levels possible.
- We handle the curriculum
- Stress free planning
- A complete English environment
- A network of exciting locations
- Dynamic programs with experienced instructors
Customized for your students
An Inter-professional Workshop is a program for teachers looking to collaborate on a project or series of lessons with an artist from a specific discipline. The aim is to foster professional exchange by providing the artists specialized skill set as a resource to teachers. The Inter-professional Workshop is collaborative nature together teachers and artists can utilize each others unique skills to conceive, plan and teach lessons together. The results are dynamic and enriched projects for students.
Group size variable
• Enhanced Project Work
• Beneficial collaborations between teachers and artists
• Technical support i.e. film, music etc.
• Enriched English curriculum
For schools in Berlin and some additional cities we can facilitate regular arts based clubs for a variety of age groups. Past clubs include Singing, Theater, Dance and Performance Club. Clubs can be offered in either English or German.
• Long-term engagement with a Teaching-Artist at your school
• Customizable programs
• Enriches your school profile
• Highly qualified German and English instructors