The course combines recent developments in drama education, second language acquisition and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 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 TESOL as academic and practical subjects and you can access the facilities and staff in two excellent departments.
Click here to see some of our current students experiencing the 'Inspiring Curiosity Conference' at the Belgrade Theatre.
This course is for you if you are an experienced teacher interested in combining both disciplines (Drama and English Language Teaching) at Master’s level. The course is particularly suitable if you teach English as a Foreign Language and have a keen 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 Master's degree is one of the only programmes in the world that looks at the role of drama in English language teaching, and is underpinned by research showing how 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 (ELT), and will show you 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 Education Studies and Applied Linguistics. These modules are indicative of the modules run in Education Studies and will run depending on academic staff availability and student interest. If you are starting your postgradute programme in Education Studies next year you will be sent a full module choice handbook ahead of the academic year which will outline which modules are available to you on your program.
Drama and Literacy (30 CATS)
Research Methods in Drama Education & ELT (Dissertation) (60 CATS)
- Assessment in TESOL
- ICT in TESOL
- Teaching and Researching Young Language Learners
- Specialism in Teacher Education and Development
- Specialism in Intercultural Language Teaching and Learning
- Management and Leadership in TESOL
Course delivery and learning styles
The course is delivered through a range of teaching and learning methods: lectures, seminars, and 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
- 5 core modules
Find out more about our entry requirements
Watch a video about Rachel King's project with The Belgrade's Canley Youth Theatre
Learn more about a Storyknowing conference that Rachel King presented at and MA students attended