An Actor’s Studio: Acting, Directing, Improvising

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






2ème Année Management,2ème Année Télécom





Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


Under the guidance of an experienced teacher and speaker of English, students will strive to individually develop their writing and public speaking abilities.

Acquis d'apprentissage

The objectives of the course are :

- to be able to communicate ideas, experiences and opinions in good (clear and efficient) English
- to talk fluently on any given topic and to improvise on a situation at a moment’s notice
- to be able to analyse the gist of any written document or oral performance and to express one’s ideas in an essay
- to stand in front of an audience with less apprehension and to perform for about ten minutes
- to get a group to listen to you and to understand you
- to acquire the skills to exploit the latent creative ability in the language


The course introduces students to different basic drama exercises such as warming-up, trust-building or concentration games. The course will then go on to present various improvisation games to promote quick reactivity and spontaneity. Then students will choose, study and perform different theatre and cinema scenes (Harold Pinter, Quentin Tarantino, Monty Python, Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood…). Students will then develop a trained eye by watching carefully and analysing the performance of others.
The purpose of the course is to consider learning English not as an end in itself but as a means for students to express themselves in a meaningful context, which is what acting offers. By taking risks using the language and having to adapt to people and situations, students should be able to overcome any possible “language blocks”.
In the words of Alan Maley and Alan Duff in Drama techniques in language learning, students will be encouraged to “use the skills we most need when speaking a language : adaptability, speed of reaction, sensitivity to tone, in one word appropriateness.”
By the end of the course, students should be able to understand how a scene comes to life on stage, to perform in front of other students and to appraise the scenes acted out in front of them.

Attentes du cours

Students should expect a high degree of interaction. I expect active participation, discussion about what has been done as I consider the discussion after or before the work as important as the work itself in terms of language learning. In order to build a warm, pleasant and stimulating atmosphere I expect students to keep themselves and their mobile phones quiet during performances. I also insist that all scenes are learnt very early on so as to facilitate the acting process.


All Grading will be on a scale of 0 to 20, unless otherwise stated.

1/3 CF: A written response to given input, produced in an academic style
1/3 CC: Selected Classroom assignments, as detailed by the teacher.
1/3 PP: Presence & Participation (each representing 50% of the PP grade)

Presence: Students will receive credit for attending class regularly, up to a maximum of 1/6 of their total grade. Unjustified absences will thus have a direct impact on student’s overall grade.
Participation: Students will be assessed on their participation in class, according to the criteria in ‘classroom expectations’

Validating the tandem programme will add 2 bonus points to a student’s CC grade (CC) of the corresponding language course.
It is the responsibility of the student to make up for any missed work in order to avoid these absences further impacting final grades.

CEFR Grade (A1-C2)
Students will be continuously assessed as to their language level relative to the CEFR criteria.
There is NO DIRECT RELATION between a student’s CC/CF/PP and their CEFR level.

For more information, please refer to the LSH website.
The results of the UV (CF & CC & PP) after the CF2 are limited to 13/20, regardless of the composite grades (except in the case of justified absence for CF1).

‘Redoublement’ can only take place in the following academic year (N+1) in a pre-defined period indicated on the academic calendar

Approches pédagogiques

The classroom experience will focus on achieving high-level written and oral communication. To achieve this goal, students will work through a rigorous drafting & editing process both of their written work & oral presentations. Specific coaching will be provided to help students meet the goals they set themselves during the semester.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

Class schedule
A typical class is divided into two parts :
Part 1 : Various drama exercises and improvisations
Part 2 : Students choose a scene to work on and perform at the end of the semester. They will also help direct another group’s work.
Thus, each student will be an actor as well as a director.

Class progression will be as follows :

- Introduction to acting and improvising.
- Warm-up exercises : voice, breathing, concentration…
- Improvisation exercises and techniques : spontaneity, quick reactivity
- Understanding the scene, the dramatic stakes and tension, the relationship between the characters, their feelings…
- Analysing the humour and how to produce it.
- Work on rythm, body language…
- Directing : what to look out for, to consider, to correct, how to help the actors when they are stuck…
- Reinventing and finding new ideas after several rehearsals.
- Getting ready for the final performance.

*please note that this syllabus is tentative and subject to change

Fiche mise à jour le 09/02/2021