Drama in the Language Classroom

What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know
Carmela Romano Gillette and Deric McNish


Drama in the Language Classroom weaves together cutting-edge research and practices from the fields of theater and TESOL. After providing an overview of how drama can be used in the language classroom, Carmela Romano Gillette (a TESOL expert) and Deric McNish (an expert in actor training) present a collection of resources teachers need to begin using drama, including practical classroom-tested and evidence-based techniques. They show how theater, performance, and improvisation can help students build confidence, develop a deeper context for speaking, and create authentic opportunities for language use. In addition, they outline the para- and extra-linguistic techniques that can improve expression and meaningful communication. Each section includes sample activities, such as script analysis for improving fluency, and assessment suggestions. Readers do not need to have experience with performance or drama to learn how to incorporate these practices into the ESL classroom. 

Product Details

  • 55 pages.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Ebook
  • 2019
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-12575-3

  • Paper
  • June 2023
  • 978-0-472-03956-2

  • $15.99 U.S.

  • Kindle Single

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  • theater and performance, theater games, performance for language fluency, speaking skills, intonation, student-centered learning, improv, communication skills, reading and writing skills, project-based learning, cultural literacy, academic literacy, assessment