Don’t Be Afraid to Use Drama as an English Teaching Tool

By Published On: April 7th, 2016

Sometimes teachers are hesitant to use ‘play’ activities in classrooms for numerous reasons: they don’t understand how to use the activities, limited resources, time constraints, or they have a fear of searching and feeling ridiculous. Usually these emotions are more common when trying to use play with adults. Teachers of young kids often use more games and drama type actions because the children are closer to the “play and investigate” phase of growth. Frequently kids are a lot more open to any sort of “make-believe” or play sort of action. Obviously this isn’t usually the case and it might rely on the skill of the kids, the cultural values, and different social elements going on. This post is focusing on the hesitation that is discovered in language teachers of grownups when play activities are released for them.

The next part relies on issues raised by teachers when tackling making use of play in ESL/EFL courses for the very first time at an English school like Uceda School. After a drama workshop has been given by me these issues come from real comments from ESL teachers. These subsequent “difficulties” were the most typical negative comments that teachers gave me when requested to try play activities in ESL. Recall, these are just several complaints that I have undergone on several occasions. The bulk of ESL teachers I’ve been in touch with use play or communicative actions frequently and consistently. Both publications I reference are outstanding assets for play in ESL.

I’m not a play pro.
Many teachers believe they can’t approach these types of activities without being an experienced performer. They feel, sometimes, that they simply wouldn’t understand how to proceed with this type of activity in their English class in Orlando. Some feel they couldn’t do them correctly or describe the intention of the action, even when they have the actions explained by a book, which obviously is pretty straight forward.

Here are some suggestions: Not many drama books presume that a drama specialist is making use of it. Most novels are “user pleasant” and clarify the actions in a manner that anybody could comprehend their function. A lot of the most popular drama game guides are focused in being for teachers of other subjects; to provide some thoughts to them to include or extend lessons; not to train drama. Charlyn Wessels offers a unique perspective of this to be used in ESL options.

Drama (1987) is a novel for ESL teachers especially, but truly any instructor interested in utilizing any amount of drama in any course they teach may still get quite a bit of value out of this book.

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