May 30th 2017
Name: Tatiana Eman
City, Contry: Madrid, Spain

We are pleased to introduce a project that erases boundaries and opens up new horizons to the whole world through communication and arts when it comes to language learning.

This project is mainly focused on the following topics:

  • What does it mean to receive quality classes?
  • Why learn languages in the modern world?
  • What are the strategies needed to learn for a specific context?
  • What does the formula, LANGUAGE + CONTEXT = COMMUNICATION, mean?
  • What does the Common European Framework of Reference for languages tell us?
  • What purpose does it serve to tailor-made educational materials to suit the student's individual needs?
  • What is the aim of designing tailor-made courses for specific needs?

Drama in the language classroom is ultimately indispensable because it offers both for learners and teachers to use their imagination, abilities to express themselves, boost motivation and personality development. Drama encourages communicative competence in an active way within the framework of active learning. By using drama-based approaches to teaching we encourage participants to live aesthetic, creative, imaginative and educational experiences.

Furthermore, Spanish learning has become an important part of international language leaning community.

We closely reviewed and synthesized ongoing methods of teaching Spanish and research studies in Applied Languages within the last 50 years, and we came to realize that a mix of a task-based methods, sugestopedia and theatre approach leads to an effective results and turns out feasible for long-term learning.

Doña Lengua has doors wide open any groups of children Spanish schools of St. Petersburg. They take advantage of their stay to learn Spanish in a fun and enjoyable way, thanks to the program ran by actress and teacher, Sandra Piñon. Everyone participated in the daylong activity, "Madrid: language, culture and communication".

During usual duration of the language immersion courses, two weeks, children from St. Petersburg take part in many cultural activities: workshops in museums, guided tours and sports games. Moreover, a training course in Spanish as a foreign language was carried out at the Doña Lengua academy, via the playful methodology based on Lozanov's suggestopedia. Sandra Piñon, Spanish teacher and a professional expert in using this methodology in a theatrical environment, taught the children to act and perform, while speaking in Spanish, and to express themselves through a non-verbal medium. In the end, children usually present a play in Spanish as they return to Russia.

Doña Lengua welcomes children from St. Petersburg, thanks to the collaborative project with schools focused on Spanish learning in St. Petersburg. The project, "Learning to communicate with the whole world," utilizes drama and theatre to teach Spanish in a fun and effective way. During their stay at any destinations, either Madrid, Galicia or Andalucía , children participate in various linguistic immersion activities focused on Spanish history. One of our most appealing projects was carried out thanks to a script specifically written by our teachers for a childrens´ play about the Madrid metro and the hidden clues found in the names of its stations: Quevedo, Colón, Antonio Machado, Velazquez, Goya, among others. The play performed by the children was developed by the team at Doña Lengua to encourage learning by using role-play techniques. The children visited Madrid and its surroundings, while taking advantage of their stay in Spain to undertake recreational activities in Madrid's museums.