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


A course aiming at deeper understanding of intercultural and language skills in a professional context. It will challenge learners to analyse and respond appropriately and in detail to contemporary issues within an increasingly globalized world.

Acquis d'apprentissage

Students will be able to:
• Understand important information and/or arguments included in a variety of source texts (written, audio, and graphic) on a specific (not very specialized) topic, of average complexity and then to transfer these to a new, well-structured, coherent and take good notes;
• Transfer information from notes to a new, well-structured, coherent text, in a more condensed form (summary), appropriate to the context of situation;
• Differentiate variety of essay styles and produce a well-balanced, discursive essay;
• Effectively use prosody, pitch, pacing, and volume, and contrast and metaphor in a short oral presentation.

Students who complete this course will have demonstrated the ability to:
• Take detailed notes from a variety of sources and summarize salient information in one coherent, condensed text (summary), appropriate to the context of the situation;
• Write a well-balanced discursive essay;
• Effectively use prosody, pitch, pacing, and volume, and contrast and metaphor. In a short oral presentation.


Learners will aim to further advance their academic and professional English, as applicable across a variety of skills and contexts, and work to apply this knowledge in the creation of professional-style documents fit for purpose in an international organisation.

Attentes du cours

Students should be ready for a high degree of interaction: in pairs, groups and in open class environments. Discussion will be the norm and everyone is expected to contribute in every class.

Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary materials

Classroom expectations:
The participation grade will be based on the following criteria:
• Punctuality: on-time, (non-disruptive arrival)
• Motivation: Only speaking English in Class
• Collaborative: Interacting appropriately during pair/group work
• Engagement: Participating appropriately in whole-class activities
• Focus: Remaining focused during teacher input and on class tasks
• Committed to Homework: Homework delivered on time and to the best of your ability.
• Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere

Use of all electronic devices is forbidden unless indicated otherwise.
Late arrivals will not be tolerated. Warnings will be issued for late arrivals, and repeated or severe lateness will be treated as an absence.


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)

CF (both questions, common to all):
1. A summary based on three documents (1 video, 1 text, 1 graph) related to the same subject (up to 400 words) 1hr;
2. A discursive essay based on a topic evoked in the in the above documents (up to 400 words) 1hr.

General marking scheme (out of 20)
0 Work not done, incomplete or of insufficient standard.
1-5 Work completed, but of minimum quality, poor structure; irrelevant, unrelated illogical content; unstructured, very poor language makes comprehension difficult
6-10 Fair but many important mistakes, gaps, unclear structure, confusing, language
11-14 Good but some important mistakes or gaps.
15-20 Work done to a high standard with few or no mistakes.

Typical CC Assignments
1. a summary (to be set by the class teacher);
2. a discursive essay (to be set by the class teacher);
3. a 15-minute oral presentation with visuals based a topic related to the theme of the class;

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.

Approches pédagogiques

Pedagogical materials (non-contractual):
Students will analyse a range of supports from different media sources.

Texts: Students will be supplied with texts from differing sources and of differing lengths. Students will be asked to analyse, deconstruct, and/or reconstruct according to the objective at hand. Students will be asked to produce texts conforming to the genre studied.
Students may be asked to read aloud for practice in pronunciation. Full effort is required for pronunciation practice, so a ‘theatre’ mindset is required.
While studying texts, students should make notes / highlight unknown words, phrases and rhetorical devices during reading to ask questions during the class
New Media: Short videos or digital media will be presented in class with associated questions / tasks based on the input. Students should take notes on content during all presentation unless otherwise instructed.
Interactive: Any interactive material will require autonomous participation from the student. However, the student must signal problems and/or questions to the teacher at the earliest opportunity.
Collaborative: Group projects will be conducted regularly, and students will generally NOT be allowed to chose their group. This is to respect diversity and group dynamics. It is the group’s responsibility to make sure that all members conduct an equal amount of work.
Peer-grading: Students may be asked to grade each other’s work based on objective criteria, and provide feedback. Students are encouraged to grade honestly to better help their colleagues.
Vocabulary journaling / revision: Students should keep a vocabulary log and self-test on learned vocabulary throughout the semester.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

The course will be composed of 3-hour sessions. All sessions are obligatory unless otherwise indicated. Sessions will generally be conducted as a mix of ‘live’ interactive webinar and self-driven autonomous work. Homework will need to be completed regularly, and will be due before the start of each following session.
Below follows a rough outline of the course structure (non-exhaustive and subject to change).

Class Number Course Content Homework
Class 1 Introductions
Drama exercises to break the ice (warm-up and improvisation)
Explain and hand out the scenes to work on and the essay subject
Choose the scene you will work on, who you will work with (actors and directors)
Essay: write the biography of the character you will be playing

Class 2 Hand in your essay
Drama exercises
Public speaking techniques: improvisation and using your voice
Choose a short speech and prepare to deliver it in class (punctuation, pauses, stresses )

In threes, write out a two-page dialogue that will be acted out in class by the others
Class 3 Hand in your dialogue to be corrected and photocopied
Drama exercises
Acting out one another’s dialogues In pairs, find two drama exercises to explain to the group over the following weeks
Class 4 Drama exercises (Two of which are explained by students in each session)
Start working on the scenes : analysing, acting and directing (I will explain what to look out for, to correct, to consider etc. when directing a scene ) Learn your lines
Class 5 Drama exercises
Work on the scenes (notice how the scenes have improved, how to help the actors when they are stuck…)
Learn your lines
Class 6 Drama exercises (all dialogues must be known perfectly at this point)
My experience: CV writing workshop (content generation) and peer/teacher correction
Go and see a play and write a review of it
Class 7 Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
Hand in your review Find props and costumes for your scene
Class 8 Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
Class 9 Drama exercises
Work on the scenes
Class 10 Play the scenes
Class 11 CF1:
In this session, you will sit the CF1 test: a common exam, based on the international TOEFL exam (offered by ETS). In general, you will be
asked to analyse multiple artefacts and produce an appropriate academic response in form of an analysis.

Fiche mise à jour le 05/10/2021