Hablemos de teatro: Yerma
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Yerma, the play by the well-known Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca that is described as "a tragic poem." The play tells the story of a childless woman living in rural Spain and her desperate desire for motherhood.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LS700
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
What better way is there to apply the Spanish language and culture than through theatre?
This short course will be an introduction to explore some of the plays which participate in the Festival of Spanish Theatre at City Lit once a year.
Students will be guided to understand some acts and characters within the framework of the main topic of the play, in this case Yerma written by García Lorca staging this new and modern Yerma’s version by Projecte Ingenu.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will read in-depth some dialogues to understand the culture and the social codes of that époque in Spain. We will analyse some scenes and re-write/create new scenes (creative writing) taking into account not only the country cultural background but if what Yerma tells is happening nowadays in the 21st century in UK.
You will interview by Zoom the director of Projecte Ingenu and the last day you will present YOUR YERMA SCENE, read it aloud and presenting to the class your research and analysis into your final project. Learning Spanish through Theatre is a very proactive way of learning, we all need to understand that this course –although it is going to be a virtual Zoom class- needs to be framed and highlighted that the most important ingredient will be ACTION.
Welcome!!! Curtains Up!!! ---- Yerma.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Extend your knowledge of Yerma
- Improve your analytical and critical reading skills.
- Practice your creative writing
-Feel more confident
- Exercise your presentation and interviewing skills.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for students with an advanced level of Spanish. Students should be able to read literary texts in Spanish as well as lead and participate in discussions in Spanish. They should be interested in listening to, and learning from, the responses of other students on the work discussed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No, based in tutor material but you should have read the play "Yerma" before joining this course.
If any material is advised, please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
State that you are studying with us in order to claim your discount. You might be asked for your student number.
Please try: The European Bookshop www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at Foyles-www.foyles.co.uk/languages (020 7440 3248).
The tutor will provide extra material and documentation.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other short theatre courses. Please, ask the tutor.