Electronic Village Online 2012

TESOL-Drama presents its 8th annual Electronic Village Online workshop, a free 5-week course for all professionals interested in teaching language through drama. Our theme for 2012 is “Implementing and Evaluating the Facilitation of English Language learning through Drama“.

Registration opens on January 3. A link will be posted here when it’s time!

The workshop runs January 9 – February 12, 2012.

No experience is necessary. There is no cost, and TESOL membership is not required.



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Teaching English through Drama

Dear All,

I have developed an on-line course for teachers of English who want to SPICE up their classes with Drama but don’t know HOW! The course is very exciting with 6 LIVE webinars, readings, videos and discussion groups for sharing and caring.

Last year I trained 62 teachers from 14 countries and they shared experiences in a superb intercultural exchange of ideas. I cover some theory and include lots of practice through introducing strategies for good breathing, voice control, pronunciation, mime, body language, games, improv and role play.

I have made it short and accessible in order to reach out to teachers all over the world who may not have much spare cash, time or energy at the end of a working day! You can see the details here: http://integrating-technology.org/wp/teaching-english-through-drama/

or on SHELTA FB Page here: https://www.facebook.com/susanshelta/




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Electronic Village 2013 Workshop

TESOL-Drama’s free 5-week workshop, “The Wonderful World of Teaching English Through Drama” is running now until February 17, 2013. Stay tuned for resources from the workshop, as well as details of TESOL-Drama presentations at the 2013 TESOL Convention in Dallas, Texas. Hope to see you online or in the Big D!

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TESOL 2012 Drama Sessions

The TESOL-Drama electronic membership group will make its annual face-to-face appearance at the 2012 TESOL Convention in the great city of Philadelphia!

The dramatic highlight will be a full-day pre-convention institute (PCI): Energizing Language Skills Through Process Drama on Tuesday, March 27.

For information about the conference and registration, please visit http://www.tesolconvention.org

We will post other drama-related sessions here when the program is available. We hope to see you in Philly!

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Proposal for TESOL 2012 in Philadelphia

We would like to encourage you to think about submitting a drama proposal to the Speech, Pronunciation, Listening Interest Section of TESOL for presentation at the next, 2012 Convention to be held March 29-April 1, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA.

Whether you use drama as a partial activity in your classes or as a way of integrating all the skills through process drama, this is your year! Our year! Please submit a proposal by JUNE 1st, 2011 to the Speech, Pronunciation, Listening Interest Section of TESOL. You do not need to be a TESOL member to submit a proposal.

Please read the Call for Participation carefully. Submissions must be done online by June 1, 2011.

Please, take some time, thought, and extend your creativity with an exciting proposal. The SPL-IS group of readers will be waiting. They will score the proposals and the highest will be chosen for presentation at TESOL…and the more we have entered, the more slots we are given. So give it a try. Let’s make this the year of DRAMA in English Language Teaching and Learning!

Hope to see YOU in Philadelphia!

Gary & Nigel


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Ideas for EVO 2012!

As our 2011 Electronic Village Online workshop comes to an end, let’s start planning for 2012! What topics would you like to see us cover? What do you think about assessment in drama? Would you like to help moderate? Please leave a comment here!


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Podcasts with Patrice Baldwin

Here are two podcasts that TESOL-Drama member Susan Hillyard made with Patrice Baldwin, President of National Drama UK and IDEA. Thanks, Susan, for sharing with us! You can download the MP3s from:


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Week 2 Information

For week 2 (Jan17-23), we are going to discuss the first 10 process drama conventions. Please start by looking at this introduction to process drama conventions (PDF).

The first ten conventions are:

  1. Teacher in role.
  2. Stranger in role.
  3. Mantle of the expert
  4. Narration
  5. Meetings
  6. Interviews
  7. Hot seating
  8. Improvisation
  9. Collective role play
  10. Pantomime/movement

Here are some questions we can discuss on the Y!Group list: If you have used any of these in your work, could you tell us how you implemented the activity, how it worked, what the goal was, and how many students were participating?


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Pronunciation podcasts

Our colleague Susan Hillyard in Argentina has shared these podcasts she made with Robin Walker, author of Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca (OUP, 2009).

Since I can’t upload MP3 files to WordPress, here are links to download the sound files from MediaFire:

Part 1 (MP3 / Transcript)

Part 2 (MP3 / Transcript)


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Week 1: Introductions (Jan 10-16)

Agenda for this week:

  • Introduction of moderators and participants.
  • A discussion of what process drama is and how it is beneficial to second language acquisition.
  • The PD approach is summarized for overall understanding.

This week, please read:

In addition, please watch these videos:

We have checked all the Word documents for viruses, and we are confident all our resources are safe, but if you encounter any difficulties, please email us and we’ll upload them in another format.

Please also check out the links posted on the right of this page!

Your discussion leaders for this week are Gary Carkin and Shin-Mei Kao. We will be talking about these readings and videos on our YahooGroups mailing list. We’d like to hear about:

  • your experiences with process drama
  • and/or your responses to the readings and videos (especially if you’ve never heard of process drama before!)

To participate, please email evo_drama_2011@yahoogroups.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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