Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen Cary

Second Advisor

Dr. Onllwyn C. Dixon

Third Advisor

Dr. Monisha Bajaj

Abstract

Many countries require the study of the English language as part of the standard curriculum in K-12 schools. Unfortunately, many students lack the interest and motivation to learn, despite English’s potential to open future academic and professional doors. This is particularly true for students living in countries where English is not a nationally spoken language. They receive no language support from their surrounding environment, which affects their rate of language acquisition. Coupled with a prevalence of out-of-context materials and non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) who may be unable to impart the non-verbal and cultural implications of the language, students are at a disadvantage. This project addresses these concerns through the use of Drama as a framework for developing an English-language curriculum centered on theatre and performance. Dramatic writing and performance has been positively linked to language acquisition. It builds intrinsic motivation, fosters collaboration through practical use of the language, and has been found to improve writing, pronunciation and overall fluency. This model shows how educators and administrators can take their pre-existing curriculum and materials, and transform them into a theatre-focused program, while maintaining their language goals and program objectives.

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