Facilitated by an experienced immersion educator and improviser, this workshop will share best practices for integrating improvisational theater activities into online and in-person settings for a range of languages and proficiency levels. Participants will explore how improvisation theatre can increase student engagement, language use, and overall creativity. This workshop will be taught entirely over Zoom. No previous improvisation nor Zoom experience is necessary.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • describe the basic tenets of improvisational theater
  • utilize the “yes, and” approach in their teaching
  • explore using various improv techniques in their own setting
  • adapt these activities and techniques to best fit their own teaching needs

Presenter: Brian Hodge-Rice is a 3rd grade Spanish Immersion educator, improviser, and community faculty member at Metro State University. There he teaches a course to pre-service teachers about incorporating the arts into all areas of education, especially language acquisition. Brian has been improvising for well over 15 years and working in immersion education for almost as long. He is most passionate about blending the arts and language education to bring about more engagement, creativity, and equity in our schools.

Target Audience: This workshop is appropriate for educators pre-k through university level of all linguistic backgrounds and teaching settings. (Workshop will be taught in English.)

Spaces are limited so register early!

REFUND POLICY: This workshop registration fee is non-refundable. The University of Minnesota reserves the right to cancel the workshop if necessary and will grant a full refund if the workshop is not held.
Note: Registered participants who are not able to attend may transfer their registration to a colleague, provided that they email the CARLA office two days prior to the event: carla@umn.edu.

This workshop is cosponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (MCTLC).


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Section Title
Workshop: Improv for Engagement and Language Acquisition in an Online World
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Oct 24, 2020
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Workshop Registration non-credit $30.00
Section Details
Saturday, October 24, 2020

9 a.m. – noon (Central Time)
Online via Zoom

Technology basics to fully participate:

  • A good, reliable wired connection (recommended) or robust wireless connection
  • A headset with microphone (or at least ear buds) and a webcam for your computer/laptop
  • Preferred: use a laptop or desktop, not a mobile device, tablet or Chromebook. (Some aspects of Zoom simply do not work well on mobile devices).

This workshop uses Zoom. You can do a Zoom test room practice before the workshop starts here: https://zoom.us/test

Special Needs

If you have special needs, please contact the CARLA office (carla@umn.edu) at least two weeks prior to the workshop so we can make the necessary arrangements.

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