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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 the Centre for Education Studies and the Centre for Applied Linguistics. These modules are indicative of the modules run in the Centre for Education Studies and will run depending on academic staff availability and student interest. If you are starting your postgradute programme in the Centre for 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)

This module is intended to introduce you to the principles and strategies for adapting traditional tales for theatrical performances. Throughout the module, theoretical approaches will be examined and evaluated through a mixture of seminar and practical workshop activities. The module will explore a range of theoretical issues and examine how they impinge on theatre practice. As well as developing a range of performance skills, the module will introduce you to a variety of techniques that can be adapted as a teacher when telling stories in the classroom or as a theatre worker leading workshops with children.

Drama and Literacy (30 CATS)

This module is designed to reflect the significant pedagogic relationship between drama education and approaches to the teaching of literacy: speaking and listening, reading and writing. It also proves to be a useful course in understanding pedagogic approaches in language acquisition for both first and second language learners.

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

These two modules address methodology, issues and research in TESOL. Students are assigned to take one of the modules only and allocation to a module is largely determined by students’ English language teaching experience – those students with limited or no actual teaching experience take the Foundations module while students with significant English language teaching experience take the Innovations module. In these modules, emphasis is placed on the value of reflection on students' own learning (and possibly, teaching) experience, as well as on the need to adapt recent developments and research findings for contextually appropriate lesson planning and course design.

SLA Insights into TESOL Practice

Literature and Drama in TESOL

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

This will be your individual research project and you will receive individual support from your academic supervisor who will be from the Centre for Education Studies or the Centre for Applied Linguistics.

Optional modules

  • 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.

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