Combining recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and ELT methodology, this course offers an innovative approach to teaching drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in more creative and personalised ways. It is taught in conjunction with the Centre for Applied Linguistics, which has a particular expertise in ELT.
Balancing the study and practice of drama and ELT as both academic and practical subjects, it is suitable for experienced teachers interested in combining both disciplines (Drama and English Language Teaching) at Master’s level, or for teachers of English as a Foreign Language. You’ll examine how drama can motivate your students, improve their speaking confidence, and enable them to use language in cultural contexts, as well as improving your teacher-student relationships.
Core modules develop and extend your understanding of key approaches to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and English Language Learning (ELT), and provide a solid grounding in drama techniques and approaches. You’ll also complete a dissertation based on an individual research project, with support from a member of academic staff.
Students will split the taught aspects of the course between the Centre for Education Studies and the Centre for Applied Linguistics.
-The Role of Story in Drama & Theatre Education -Drama and Literacy -ELT Methodology for pre-experience students OR -Issues and Research in ELT for post-experience students -Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Language Learning -Literature and Drama in ELT -Research Methodology for ELT -Dissertation
Students taking ELT Methodology will also take one of the following optional modules: -Language Testing -ICT in ELT -English for Young Learners or Teacher Education and Development -Teaching Language and Culture or Management and Leaderships of ELT Institutions
Course delivery and learning styles
The course is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminars, practical workshops which involve group work and self-study.