English in Action Share Convention 2010

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Teaching English through Drama in Special education for Inclusion
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English in Action Share Convention 2010

  1. 1. English in Action Share Convention 2010 Susan Hillyard B.Ed. (Hons) English in Action Team
  2. 2. Teaching English through Drama for Children with Special Needs
  3. 3. Drama IS……. <ul><li>An activity which combines vocal expression and body action. It is true communication </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to move an idea of the imagination or an event into a concrete happening through interaction of the mind and the body </li></ul><ul><li>Self expression through role play and improvisation </li></ul><ul><li>Willing suspension of disbelief </li></ul><ul><li>Artistic play </li></ul><ul><li>Our main method of receiving stories of the human condition today </li></ul>
  4. 4. Drama is NOT…… <ul><li>… ..the teacher telling the students about drama/theatre/acting </li></ul><ul><li>… ..the study of theatre/text/character/setting </li></ul><ul><li>… .. theatre/TV/film </li></ul><ul><li>… ..an activity which requires expensive resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Drama as education <ul><li>Drama is considered to be a holistic discipline covering all the processes of education, often summarised in the word SPICE. The five developmental processes are: </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual (cognitive) </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional </li></ul>
  6. 6. The benefits of Drama for ALL <ul><li>Drama for transformation </li></ul><ul><li>Drama as empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Drama for fluency ( speaking) </li></ul><ul><li>Drama as culture (play and storytelling) </li></ul><ul><li>Drama for thinking ( all types) </li></ul><ul><li>Drama for literacy (reading and writing) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Drama for ELT <ul><li>Pronunciation, diction and voice control </li></ul><ul><li>Body language and gesture </li></ul><ul><li>Stance and posture </li></ul><ul><li>Blocking/interacting in space with others </li></ul><ul><li>Register / Speaking in role/Improvisation </li></ul><ul><li>Language games </li></ul><ul><li>Lifting the word off the page </li></ul><ul><li>Making language active, meaningful and fun </li></ul>
  8. 8. Drama for SEN Students <ul><li>confidence building and self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>self control </li></ul><ul><li>self-expression </li></ul><ul><li>communication </li></ul><ul><li>multisensory education </li></ul><ul><li>the here and now </li></ul><ul><li>the mask </li></ul>
  9. 9. Action Sacks <ul><li>Bruner </li></ul><ul><li>Routine and excitement: </li></ul><ul><li>Basic English for classroom activity </li></ul><ul><li>Drama deriving from Action Sacks </li></ul>
  10. 10. Basic Contents of Action Sacks <ul><li>Story book/theme </li></ul><ul><li>Flashcards </li></ul><ul><li>Guide to drama activities </li></ul><ul><li>The play of the story/theme </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures/picture dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Paintings or books on paintings </li></ul><ul><li>Poems </li></ul><ul><li>Old clothes for costumes </li></ul>
  11. 11. Additional Materials <ul><li>Magazines for cutting up </li></ul><ul><li>Film clips </li></ul><ul><li>Video clips </li></ul><ul><li>CDs of songs/stories </li></ul><ul><li>CD player in each space </li></ul><ul><li>TV in each space </li></ul><ul><li>Costumes, hats, props, art materials, recorders, video cameras, white board/data base projector, rostra, lanterns </li></ul>
  12. 12. Photo Show

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