Education

DramaWorks

was the first company we know of in the world to specialize in high quality materials for teaching English using drama and the performing arts. Founded over twenty years ago, we’re still here, and we’re still the best by far. If you’re interested in our method and learning exactly how we work with language learners, please attend one of our workshops or conferences. Contact hello@nationaltheater.jp to add your name to our mailing list so we can inform you of our events. Also, please have a look at our scenarios in textbook form created especially for language learners. Our version of Henry IV and the following are just a few of many scenarios available from DramaWorks. hello@nationaltheater.jp for more information.

Star Taxi

is a course for Japanese students of English who have had some exposure to the language and who wish to improve their speaking and listening ability. It is an upbeat and imaginative story told in twenty scenes of dialogue which the teacher stages and the students memorize and perform.

Wonder Kids Book 1:  Partners

Partners is a course for young Japanese students of English at the elementary school level. Partners is most appropriate for students from 1st to 3rd grades. In Partners, Book 1, a family with two children, Masao, twelve, and Risa, ten, has just moved from Tokyo to a small community in Nagano because their father lost his job. They make friends with a neighborhood kid named Kenta whose mom is a single parent and works in the local supermarket. When all three children realize that their hopes and plans for the summer vacation have been dashed, they take matters into their own hands and create a small business, Wonder Kids, in order to make their dream vacation a reality.

 

Wonder Kids Book 2:  Company

Company continues the Wonder Kids story and is most appropriate for students at the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade level. Kenta, Masao, and Risa, having formed a partnership in Book One to raise money for their secret trip to Universal Studios Japan, try their hands at business in Company, but many problems arise. In the end, Kenta conceives a new business idea. The kids will produce and direct a variety show to which they will charge admission. Because they innocently infer that it will be a benefit, many new problems ensue in Book Three: Showtime.

 

Wonder Kids Book 3:  Showtime

Showtime is the third act of the Wonder Kids series, and provides a satisfying and surprising conclusion to the story. The children's wish to go to Universal Studios is granted, though not in the way they expected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caravan

Caravan is a scenario with music and dance intended for professional or amateur stage performance. It has been used by university teachers in Japan who teach drama courses in English to non-native speaking students at the intermediate or advanced level. It is a comedy in the style of Moliere set on the Silk Road a long time ago. Loosely based on an old Japanese Kyogen play, it tells the story of a band of robbers and what happens when a small lie grows into a huge one.

 

Workshops In Schools

Employing our own unique teaching method, DramaWorks, we create and produce workshops and summer camps custom designed for any organization or school. We have many original and entertaining musical and stage productions and can help you choose the perfect show for any age group, any language ability or grade level from kindergarten through university. Speaking in a foreign language is a performing art, and there’s nothing like the performing arts to bring a language to life and motivate your learners. Our approach is an incomparable method for learning English, as it engages the total human being. It includes training in voice, pronunciation, and acting. DramaWorks has been tested in many prestigious Japanese universities, high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools where it has been found to be one of the most successful, efficient, and fun methods for language learning ever imagined. Feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities. hello@nationaltheater.jp

 

Performances In Schools

National Theater of Young Artists will perform on your school stage whether you’re a nursery, elementary school, high school, or university. The program will be chosen keeping in mind the age and background of your students. Feel free to contact us anytime for more information. hello@nationaltheater.jp

 

Teacher Training Events

If you’re interested in our method and learning exactly how we work with language learners, please attend one of our workshops or conferences. Contact hello@nationaltheater.jp to add your name to our mailing list so we can inform you of our events.

PopStars

is a course for Japanese students of English at an intermediate level. It is perfect for students who have completed the Star Taxi course and wish to further improve their speaking and listening ability. It is a lively and interesting New York story told in twenty scenes of dialogue which the teacher stages and the students memorize and perform.

Wonder Kids

This series of three books for elementary school students is a scenario in three acts that tells the story of three children and the ordinary and extraordinary events that take place during their summer vacation.

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National Theater of Young Artists

Tel: 090-2012-4408 (English)

Tel: 090-9513-8127 (Japanese)

hello@nationaltheater.jp

 

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