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MA Drama Education and English Language Teaching (ELT) (X3BA)

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.

Suitable for

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.

Course structure

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.

Core modules

The Role of Story in Drama & Theatre Education (30 CATS)

Drama and Literacy (30 CATS)

Foundations of TESOL Methodology or Innovations in TESOL Methodology (15 CATS)

SLA Insights into TESOL Practice

Literature and Drama in TESOL

Research Methods in Drama Education & ELT (Dissertation) (60 CATS)

Optional modules

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.

Career development

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.

Key Facts

Course Duration:
- 1 year full-time
Study Programme:
- 5 core modules
- 1 optional module
- Dissertation/project
- A mixture of assessment lengths, depending on the modules taken
- Dissertation of 18,000 words
Entry Requirements:
Find out more about our entry requirements

Got a Question? Email our course leaders
Cheryl Cane

C dot Cane at warwick dot ac dot uk

(Education Studies)


Steve Mann

steve dot mann at warwick dot ac dot uk

(Applied Linguistics)
 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