MA Drama Education and English Language Teaching (ELT)
“Our course combines recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and ELT methodology. It provides an innovative approach to teaching drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in more creative and personalised ways. There is a balance between the study and practice of drama and ELT as academic and practical subjects and you can access the facilities and staff in two excellent departments.”
Dr Steve Mann, Joint Course Leader
This course is suitable for experienced teachers interested in combining both disciplines (Drama and English Language Teaching) at Master’s level. The course is particularly suitable for teachers of English as a Foreign Language who have interest in drama as a key way of promoting learning and language acquisition in a more creative and personalised way.
Course aims and benefits
This new Master's degree is underpinned by research into the role of drama in ELT. This research shows that Drama motivates students, creates confidence in speaking, uses language in cultural contexts with purpose and can improve teacher-student relationships. It provides a solid grounding in drama techniques and approaches and links these to current issues and research in English Language Teaching, and shows participants how to set up supportive and non-threatening Drama classes where students are active and creative. The course will enable you to develop confidence and motivation in using English in a wide variety of ways, with a range of tasks and activities that can be embedded into language teaching contexts.
Students will split the taught aspects of the course between Centre for Education Studies and Centre for Applied Linguistics (CAL).
Second Language Acquisition and Classroom Language Learning
This module aims to develop and extend students' understanding of key theoretical approaches to Second Language Acquisition (SLA) with a particular focus on instructional contexts; learner characteristics and psychological processes affecting language learning; theories of learning underpinning instructional practices; the classroom as a social environment.
ELT Methodology for pre-experience students
This module aims to give students a basic theoretical and practical introduction to ELT (English language teaching) methodology. Emphasis will be placed on the value of reflection on students' own learning (and possibly, teaching) experience, as well as on the need to adapt recent developments and research findings for contextually appropriate lesson planning and course design.
Issues and Research in ELT for post-experience students
This module will enable participants to understand the range of approaches to ELT and to explore their contexts of learning and teaching in order to bring about change in their pedagogic practice. Sessions will start by discussing how learners are positioned in relation to their pedagogic contexts; and how teachers construct their own theories of professional practice in relation to ELT research, the discourse of applied linguistics, and the context of the language classroom.
The Role of Story in Drama & Theatre Education
This module is intended to introduce students to the principles and strategies for adapting traditional tales for theatrical performances. Throughout the module, theoretical approaches will be examined and evaluated through a mixture of seminar and practical workshop activities. The module will explore a range of theoretical issues and examine how they impinge on theatre practice. As well as developing a range of performance skills, the module will introduce students to a variety of techniques that can be adapted as a teacher when telling stories in the classroom or as a theatre worker leading workshops with children.
Drama and Literacy
This module is designed to reflect the significant pedagogic relationship between drama education and approaches to the teaching of literacy: speaking and listening, reading and writing. It also proves to be a useful course in understanding pedagogic approaches in language acquisition for both first and second language learners.
Literature and Drama in ELT
Research Methodology for ELT
This will be your individual research project and you will receive individual support from your academic supervisor who will be from the Centre for Education Studies or the Centre for Applied Linguistics.
Students taking ELT Methodology will also take one of the following optional modules: Language Testing; ICT in ELT; English for Young Learners or Teacher Training and Development.
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.
Graduate students would be expected to develop their careers as either full-time Drama in Education Practitioners or ELT teachers who can specialise in Drama teaching. There may also be teacher-training possibilities in working with practising teachers developing their awareness of the benefits of drama for language learning.
- 1 year full-time
- Normally 2-5 years part-time
- 2 core modules
- 2 optional modules
- 4 assignments of 5000 words each - Dissertation of 18,000 words
- At least second class honours degree or equivalent
- Normally, two references
- Degree transcripts
- English language test certificates (if appropriate)
Last updated January 31, 2018