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Getting Started with Drama

in Your Classroom




TESOL Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening ISs






This year's TESOL-Drama EVO Drama Workshop focuses on drama activities for teachers who are interested in using drama-based techniques to teach English, but who have had little training or experience in the field of drama.


Target Audience


Appropriate for elementary, secondary, and tertiary teachers who are teaching beginning through advanced levels. Few computer/Internet skills are needed (email, word-processing, Web browsing, chat).


Weekly Outline



Week One


Introductions of members and moderators. Getting familiar with the interface. Preparing with some pre-workshop reading: Why drama is useful in language teaching.




Week Two


Simple physical and vocal exercises leading to more participatory games, improvisations, and role-plays.


Week Three


Working with K-12 students, university students, and adults.

How to write plays and develop stories within a dramatic context. How to develop real-life material that can be produced for dramatic performance.



Week Four


How to lead students to develop their own material for presentation: initiating the creative process, developing the material, brainstorming and planning the rehearsal process.



Week Five


Looking at a written text, discussing it, and working on it together as a group. Yahoo Messenger will be used as a conference tool.


Week Six


Evaluation and discussion of possible assessment strategies.


Wrap-up and discussion of topics for next year.






Gary Carkin, Judy Trupin, Yordana Hristozova, Susan Hillyard, Fernanda Molla, Bonnie Soto


Gary Carkin is an actor/director and Professor of TESOL at the Institute for Language Education at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. Gary has been a co-moderator for EVO Drama for the past four years. Also co-moderator for TESOL-Drama, his specialty is teaching English through drama. You may visit his website at:





Judy Trupin has been a co-moderator for EVO Drama for the past four years. Judy has been involved with all aspects of theater, from directing to writing to performing and stage managing and has worked as an artist in schools, taught dance, yoga, and creative movement. For six years, she was a frequent guest artist at Bajazzo, a school for experimental theater in Italy. In the ESOL world, she has worked with all levels of adult learners. Currently, she is the Assistant Program Manager of the Queens Library Adult Learner Program in New York City.



Yordana Hristosova, Ph.D. teaches a course on intercultural education at Trakia University in Bulgaria. She has been a language trainer for the U.S. Peace Corps in Bulgaria and the military elite, including Iraqi troops. She uses drama and role play to teach English to students at prep English classes and has graduated from the Association Psychodrama 2000.



Susan Hillyard holds a B.Ed. from Warwick University (U.K.) in Dramatic Arts and Sociology and has worked as a classroom teacher, a Head, or a teacher trainer in eleven countries. She taught Language IV at two major training colleges in Buenos Aires. She is Educational Advisor for The Performers Theatre and an Educational Consultant. She has co-authored a Resource Book for Teachers “Global Issues” for OUP, and teaches a course on Creativity on-line for Net-learning.



Fernanda Molla has 20 years of professional experience as an English teacher in Argentina, Mexico and Chile and has specialized in pedagogical theatre—drama techniques implemented for teaching. She firmly believes in using theatre as a vehicle for language acquisition, imagination and self development. She is actually training teachers at different schools in Argentina. mfermolla@hotmail.com

Bonnie Soto comes to EVO Drama with close to forty three years of experience in grades K-12, Adult School, Community College, and university teaching. She holds a B.S. Ed., M.A. Ed., and has completed her coursework towards a Ph.D. Ed. in TESOL. She, too, has experience in all aspects of theater from performing, writing scripts, writing drama curriculum, readers' theater, and directing. She is a lover of theater and an ardent believer in using drama and readers' theater for language acquisition, drama appreciation, and self-esteem development. bjlabove@aol.com


Tools to be used


  • Yahoo Groups postings, chat, Yahoo Messenger.



Join this session


To join this group:


From January 1 to 14:


  1. Go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVO_drama_2008
  2. Click on the blue button: This is just an image. The real button is on the Yahoo Group. If you don´t have a Yahoo ID, you will be prompted to create one (it is free).
  3. Follow the instructions


Note: When you register for the group, you will have to be approved by the moderator. In order to reduce the possibility of "unwanted" members (such as spammers), please be sure to explain who you are and why you want to enroll in the session. This message will only be seen by the session moderator


TESOL Electronic Village Online (EVO)

A Project of TESOL's CALL Interest Section








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