1st Edition

Second Language Learning through Drama Practical Techniques and Applications

Edited By Joe Winston Copyright 2012
    168 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    168 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drama is increasingly being recognised as a valuable pedagogy for language learning as it can harness children‘s imaginations and stimulate their desire to communicate. Second Learning Language through Drama draws on current theories of additional and foreign language learning and illustrates through practical case studies how drama can be used to support the four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

    Drawing on the work of an international group of practitioners who are all highly experienced in using drama for the purpose of second language learning, the book clearly explains key drama conventions and strategies and outlines the innovative ways they have been used to create enjoyable and stimulating classroom activities that allow for multiple ways of learning.

    Throughout the book the emphasis is on making language learning accessible and relevant to children and young people through creative, physically active and playful approaches. The strategies described are all highly flexible and readily adaptable to different teaching contexts. Specific themes include:

    • Using stories and drama to motivate learners at all levels
    • Drama, language learning and identity
    • Assessment opportunities through process drama
    • Issues of language learning and cultural empowerment
    • Digital storytelling
    • Film & drama aesthetics

    Second Language Learning through Drama will be of great interest to those studying on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and will serve as a highly valuable text to practitioners looking to incorporate the approaches described into their lessons and classroom activities.

               Introduction: Second and Additional Language Learning through Drama

               Joe Winston

    1. ‘Dramatic’ Language Learning in the Classroom
    2. Li-Yu (Sabina) Chang

    3. Using Stories and Drama to teach English as a Foreign Language at Primary Level
    4. Li-Yu (Sabina) Chang and Joe Winston

    5. Theatre, Language Learning and Identity (1): empowering additional language learners through theatre in education
    6. Deborah Hull

    7. Theatre, Language Learning and Identity (2): empowering additional language learners through classroom drama projects
    8. Erene Palechorou and Joe Winston

    9. Drama and languages education: authentic assessment through process drama
    10. Julia Rothwell

    11. Accessing traditional tales: The Legend of Bukit Merah
    12. Madonna Stinson

    13. Insights from a drama/EAL classroom: Using drama with English language learners in a Canadian high school
    14. Burcu Yaman Ntelioglou

    15. Using drama to enrich School Based Assessment in the Hong Kong secondary school English language classroom
    16. Tanya Kempston

    17. Second language learning and cultural empowerment: teaching Shakespeare in Taiwan
    18. Yi-Mei (Astrid) Cheng and Joe Winston

    19. Digital storytelling, drama and second language learning
    20. Kirsty McGeoch

    21. Film & drama aesthetics for Additional Language teaching

              Erika C. Piazzoli


    Joe Winston is Professor of Drama and Arts Education at the University of Warwick. He previously taught French as well as drama at primary and secondary level. His previous publications include Beginning Drama 4–11 (with Miles Tandy, Fulton, 2008), Drama and English at the Heart of the Primary Curriculum (Fulton, 2004) and Drama, Literacy and Moral Education (Fulton, 2000).