online elective: their english is good enough!

23jun7:00 pm9:30 pmonline elective: their english is good enough!7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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Level: Advanced

You have always only improvised in your first language? Or maybe you sometimes improvise in a second language too, but never had the chance and space to reflect on the experience? If you teach improv, you probably have already taught people of various language backgrounds (bilingual, trilingual etc.) or to ESLs, English as a Second Language speakers. As a good and thoughtful teacher, you have asked yourself how to better cater to them and their multilingual brains.

Having a second-language speaker in an improv class is a huge advantage and should be seen as such. This elective class is all about being aware of second-language speakers in the classroom and how the convention of a shared language and cultural background may be overcome to offer not only ESL participants, but all participants, a more inclusive session.

The ESL experience is not monolithic: it can vary from person to person, from situation to situation. However, there are some aspects of improv training and performance which, when taken into consideration, could help you develop a more inclusive practice.

Including and enabling English as a Second Language participants in a class and teaching native English speakers to work harmoniously with them will train better players, more supportive improvisers and a more solid community.

This class is aimed at improv teachers and experienced improvisers who want to be more inclusive.

What to expect:

Exercises and games to appreciate that having second-language speakers in your classroom is a gift.

Guidance on how to be a supportive improviser/teacher.

Tips & tricks on how to play inclusively with ESL improvisers.

Min. participants 6, max. participants 14. If we have to cancel the event due to low numbers, we will do this with 24hours notice (and you will receive a warning 48 hours before the course if this looks likely).

This Advanced elective runs Wednesday 23th June, 7.00-9.30 pm BST.

Advanced (3 years +) This is our highest level of class. These classes are recommended for improvisers who are regularly rehearsing and performing with a team.

Scholarships and Bursaries:

We offer full and partial scholarships for all online courses in order to make sure that the fun and community of improvisation is available to as many people as possible across the globe.

You are encouraged to apply if you would not normally be able to:

Afford these courses

Be unlikely to attend a course for any other reason

No set criteria

Closed captioning is available in all of our classes and courses. If you need any information on how to access this in zoom, please contact


(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Marie de Waal is a native German speaker and has been improvising since 2014, when she started in Sweden with a group consisting of all second-language English speakers. Based in London, she has trained as an improv teacher with The Improv Place, Laura Doorneweerd-Perry and Rise Comedy, among others. Marie is the resident coach of ISL – Improv as a Second Language and facilitates improv workshops for second-language speakers on a regular basis. Marie is also an experienced performer and the director of Spicebox!, which started as a Nursery Online Original.

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