Workshop: Motivation, Participation, and Ongoing All-Skills Practice via Process-Drama

The Electronic Village Online's Drama Group has some great news for English-through-drama enthusiasts who plan on being in Seattle, Washington, USA on Tuesday, March 21, check it out:

EVO-Drama founding moderator Gary Carkin and co-moderators Leslie Sapp and Judy Trupin are facilitating a dynamic, six-hour, hands-on workshop on using Process Drama in the L2 classroom!


Our workshop, entitled “Motivation, Participation, and Ongoing All-Skills Practice via Process-Drama,” is being presented by the International TESOL Association as a Pre-Convention Institute for the 2017 TESOL Convention; however, registration is open to all, regardless of registration in the convention itself.


This workshop is the perfect opportunity to experience a Process Drama firsthand and learn to devise and facilitate successful Process Dramas with your own English language students. Together we will construct dramatic contexts for active speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice, explore ways of developing extended improvisational dramas based on learner interests and learner-nominated topics and themes, learn to utilize drama techniques to help language learners develop fluency, design teacher-in-role activities that ignite inquiry within authentic contexts, and create an active drama lesson plan that can be used in your next class.

Workshop Summary:

In this workshop, participants explore the dynamic, reflective, and highly effective comprehensive whole-group drama-based approach called ‘Process Drama,’ in which students and teacher collaborate to create meaningful drama encounters while simultaneously developing speaking, listening, grammar, literacy, and critical thinking skills. The validity of Process Drama is supported by recent brain-based research showing that second language acquisition is vastly accelerated by the integration of motivation, imagination, movement, and emotion—all of which work together in Process Drama.


Participants will…
  • Learn a range of drama techniques that help learners develop fluency, including:

o    role-drama and improvisation

o    freeze-frame and tableau

o    thought-tracking

o    hot-seating

o    interviewing

o    speech making

o    choral narration

o    pantomime

o    dreamscape scenes

  • Construct contexts for active writing and speaking exercises, including:

o    news reporting

o    letter writing

o    advertising

o    interviewing

o    journal writing

o    meetings

o    trials


  • Design projects that ignite student inquiry within authentic contexts and initiate:

o    gathering of information for active planning

o    tracking of historical data

o    analysis of information (e.g., geo-political information)

o    authentic practice of the four skills

  • Create an active, multi-episode drama lesson plan for use in their next class

  • Practice their lessons with the whole group (time permitting)