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Drama 2011

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2011 Electronic Village Online TESOL-Drama

Re-Playing Process Drama



The 2011 TESOL-Drama/EVO_Drama online workshop will allow participants to experience the work of Process Drama within a new framework, one especially designed for NEWCOMERS to drama and especially to Process Drama.




TESOL-Drama began looking at process drama in the 2010 workshop. This year, we will approach process drama from the more practical perspective of process drama activities and conventions, and then move to the discussion of how these may be utilized within different contexts.


The workshop will thoroughly examine the techniques and strategies used in forming a process drama, explaining what they are and how they may be implemented, in what contexts they might be used, and through what roles the emerging drama might best be expressed.  We will call upon workshop participants to contribute examples of techniques and strategies that they have found successful and the contexts to which they were applied.


Finally, we will solicit examples of lesson plans that illustrate the use of the strategies in an ongoing fashion and how they were, or could be, utilized to fashion a complete process drama.


Target Audience: All ESOL teachers


Sponsoring TESOL Entities: SPLIS and TESOL-Drama




Weekly Content


Week One: Introduction


Introduction of moderators and participants. A discussion of what process drama is and how it is beneficial to second language acquisition. The approach is summarized for overall understanding.


Week Two: Process Drama Conventions


Ten process drama conventions are selected for explanation, analysis, illustration of how they may be used and incorporated in process drama. Examples are given of particular situations and shared amongst participants. Any pictures or videos created by participants are shared.


The first ten conventions are:


  1. Teacher in role.
  2. Stranger in role.
  3. Mantle of the expert
  4. Narration
  5. Meetings
  6. Interviews
  7. Hot seating
  8. Improvisation
  9. Collective role play
  10.  Pantomime/movement


Week Three: More Process Drama Conventions


Ten more conventions are reviewed.


  1. Dream sequences
  2. Still image or tableau
  3. Freeze frame
  4. Thought tracking
  5. Guided imagery/visualization
  6. Decision alley
  7. Role on the wall
  8. Performance Carousel
  9. Soundscape
  10. Choral speaking


Week Four: Utilizing the conventions


We will discuss the steps to building a process drama. These include:


  1. Defining a theme
  2. Offering a pre-text. (http://cyberdrama.org/pre-texts-pg2191.html)
  3. Establishing a context
  4. Establishing the roles
  5. Establishing the frames
  6. Gathering the signs
  7. Implementing the conventions in relation to 1 – 6.


Week Five: Presentation and discussion of Lesson Plans

Wrap Up and develop plans for next year based upon participant input


Participants and moderators will share lesson plans used in the past and those developed especially as part of this workshop. We will explain, comment, learn, suggest, and offer creative alternatives.


Participants will evaluate the session and make suggestions for the next year’s EVO-Drama workshop.



Communication Media


Our Yahoo Group (e-list, links to resources, etc.)  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVO_Drama_2010/






Gary Carkin Trained as an actor/director and, having spent more than half his career in the professional theatre, Gary Carkin is now full Professor of TESOL at the Institute for Language Education, Southern New Hampshire University, where he teaches in the graduate TEFL program, trains teachers internationally, and gives workshops related to teaching English through drama regionally, nationally, and internationally. He is director of all Institute drama productions and is chair-elect of SPLIS, the Speech, Listening, and Speaking Interest Section of TESOL. Gary is co-founder, with Nigel Caplan, of TESOL-Drama. 


Nigel Caplan is an assistant professor at the University of Delaware English Language Institute. As co-founder of TESOL-Drama, he has been moderating EVO sessions on drama since 2004. Nigel is also a materials developer, and his latest books include "Step Up to the TOEFL iBT" (University of Michigan Press) and "Q: Skills for Success, Reading/Writing Book 5" (Oxford University Press, summer 2011). Nigel blogs at http://nigelteacher.wordpress.com.


Holly Dilatush - Presently I'm a consultant and facilitator for online adult ESOL with EnglishCafe. I also privately tutor.  Current dream-scheming passions include successfully launching a hybrid/blended ESOL through Drama course locally, learning more about WordPress and improving my skills therewith, securing more work that includes traveling abroad (and meshes hybrid/blended learning), making time to write more poetry, improving my own proficiency in Korean and French (and/or other languages, but actively pursuing my own language learning), and documenting/encouraging metacognitive skills development for learners (including reflective practice for educators).


Fernanda Molla is a graduate from INSP Lenguas Vivas, Argentina. She has trained as an actress, specialized in the use of drama techniques for the teaching of English and studied a post graduate course on Pedagogía Teatral (Educational Drama) at UDD university (CHILE) She has worked as a drama teacher for more than 15 years in Argentina, Chile and Mexico. During the last eight years she has devoted herself to the training of teachers to use drama techniques to activate their classes and has delivered several workshops on Educational DRAMA.
This is her fourth year as co-moderator for the EVO drama.


Susan Hillyard - I'm a British trained educational dramatist ( B.Ed (Hons))with a degree in Dramatic Arts and a specialism in the Sociology of Education. I've lived and worked in 5 countries as a teacher, using process drama as education and drama for ELT. I've worked in 15 additional  countries, promoting the use of Drama for ELT, for both Teachers and Students and at all levels from KG to Advanced. I'm interested in motivation, intercultural communication, peace education and lifelong learning. At  present I'm based in Argentina, working for the Ministry of Eduction in the City of Buenos Aires, training 20 teachers to teach English through Drama in Special Education  for inclusion. I continue to travel all over the world spreading the word  about Drama as a valuable tool for empowerment and am working with Trinity College to promote the Performing Arts in the classroom as a right for all. 


Shin-Mei Kao, with Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, is associate professor at the Foreign Languages and Literature Department, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.  She has been teaching English to Chinese students of various age groups and proficiency levels since 1992.  She is interested in the interactional patterns between the teachers and students when various drama techniques are used in the EFL setting.  She co-authored with Cecily O'Neil, Words into worlds: Learning a second language through process drama.


Leslie Sapp


George Plautz




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From January 3 to 9:
  1. Go to:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVO_Drama_2011


  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).


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