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The Advanced English Curriculum states that at First and Second level of Compulsory Secondary Education, teachers should focus on three literary genres: poetry, prose and drama. Furthermore, they should provide activities which help students transform a text from one genre to another and explore the ways Literature could be put to use and the different skills that can be worked on depending on the approach.

PROSE

POETRY

DRAMA



William Shakespeare claimed that:

All the world´s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players,

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.


As You Like It- Act 2, scene 7.


Drama, through sketches, role playing, drama classics, dramatization of readings and others, provides an excellent platform for exploring theoretical and practical aspects of the English language. Drama is “theoretical” → reading plays and “practical”→acting them out. We can state that drama in our English classes could be “reading into writing, speaking, listening...” but mainly “ reading into acting”.

The improvisation aspect of drama gives students opportunities for developing their communicative skills in authentic and dynamic situations. By using drama in our English classroom, we can use English with our students in intriguing and useful ways. Drama has the potential of making the learning experience fun for the students and even memorable because it is interactive and visual.

The benefits of drama in language teaching are:

  • a) The acquisition of meaningful, fluent interaction in the target language.
  • b) The assimilation of a whole range of pronunciation and prosodic features in a fully contextualized manner.
  • c) Acquisition of new vocabulary and structure.
  • d) A sense of confidence in the student in his or her ability to learn the target language.

Drama can provide an opportunity to develop the imagination and independent thinking of students. Students can go beyond the here and now and even “ walk in the shoes” of another.

Drama reinforces imagination and it is with imagination that the ordinary is transformed into something significant. There is need to cultivate this trait in our students.


Some examples

First grade:

A Midsummer Night´s Dream” - The class play. (reading into acting)


Second Grade:

Macbeth” - the class play. (reading into acting)