EL Fellow Sara Vandenberg led a Crime Novel Psychologies Workshop for students in Tirana, Albania. Vandenberg provided the students with worksheets defining some vocabulary commonly used in crime novels as well as different activities they could use for their presentations.
Five ELTA students presented their projects in the forms of dramas and psychological investigations. Students explored important aspects of crime novels while also increasing their language development. By the end of the research and presentations students were familiar with the common prototypes such as the genius detective and the femme fatale.
Students showed high-interest in learning about the genre of crime novels and it was a perfect way to transition to the discussions of social and political issues. After the presentation, students fielded questions from audience members many of which were students and teaches from several different countries. This made for a lively discussion were the students served as teachers and enjoyed presenting new information.