We are honoured to have Karl Eigenbauer (Austria) as our second keynote speaker! Learn more about him and also stay tuned for more information on the conference program to come soon!
Karl Eigenbauer taught English, History, Social Studies and Politics and Drama/School Theatre at Wiener Musikgymnaium, a Viennese secondary school specializing in music, until his retirement in 2016 and also taught drama at KPH Wien-Krems, a university college of teacher education, between 2007 – 2016. For the past 25 years he has given professional development workshops in drama both in Austria and abroad and has also co-established various courses for Austrian teachers (e. g. “Drama in Foreign Language Teaching” from 2004-2008 and “Methode Drama”, a master course for theatre pedagogy at KPH Wien-Krems). He was in charge of Sommerworkshop Darstellendes Spiel, a one-week theatre workshop for 100 teachers from all over Austria for more than 20 years until 2016. He currently focuses on integrating drama into math teaching and learning at the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna (“Mathematik macht Freu(n)de”).
In his practical workshops, Karl will focus on working with pre-texts (e. g. poems, pictures, texts) for secondary school students. He will draw on a range of drama conventions to explore story and tease out authentic language learning moments.
The Ups and Downs of Drama: A practitioner’s view
Drama belongs in education and most certainly in the English language classroom. Over the course of his career, Karl Eigenbauer has been a driving force for including drama in English language teaching in Austrian schools, in professional development, and in teacher-training. In his keynote he will explain the specific situation in Austria and share some of the highlights and some of the setbacks of his three-decade journey with drama in education.