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Drama and literature

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The Drama and Literature special interest group (DLSIG) page is a platform for teachers interested in using drama and literature in the English language classroom. 

Eva Göksel, Regional Coordinator

Eva hails from Vancouver, Canada, where she completed her MA in Language and Literacy Education, with a focus on drama in education, at the University of British Columbia. 

Language is alive – let the lessons come alive too! Your ideas on how to keep this page dynamic and interesting are welcome any time: email Eva at

Current of note

The Drama in Education Days 2020 (16th - 19th of July) will be held online. For more information and to register please go to:
Joint organization: Stefanie Giebert & Eva Göksel

The PDF of the conference proceedings for the Drama in Educaiton Days 2018 can be found in the pedocs repository:


The 36th ETAS Conference & AGM took place in Zug, January 18th 2020 and was a huge success! 

The next ETAS PD Day (Professional Development Day), planned for September 2020 has  been cancelled. Instead, ETAS will take the opportunity to create an Online Teacher Training Conference. More information to follow. 


Further items of interest

Teachers call for more drama in education in the classroom!  Read the article "Zuger PH-Studentinnen fordern: Im Unterricht braucht es mehr Drama" (in German). 

Past events

ETAS 2019 Professional Development Day took place September 7th, 2019, at the International School of Berne in Gümligen. The event was a definite success, with plenaries by Dr. Briony Beaven and Lindsay Clandfield, as well as a wide selection of workshops in the field of English language teaching. 


Drama in Education Days 2019, 18-20 July
At the University of Teacher Education Zug (PH Zug)


Workshop – process drama for topics across the curriculum, 27-28 May 2019
Exploring Process Drama, by Radka Svobodová (Charles University Prague, CZ)
At the University of Teacher Education Zug (PH Zug) 

The fifth-annual conference focused on best practice and research in the field of drama and theatre in education, specifically in second and foreign language teaching. The conference was bilingual (English and German).
Keynotes were by Professor Jonothan Neelands, University of Warwick, UK; and Patrice Baldwin, past chair of National Drama UK  


ETAS 2018 Professional Development Day
The 2018 PD Day was a success! To find out what you missed, check out the programme online. 


4th Annual Drama in Education Days, 20-21 July 2018, Konstanz, Germany
To read about the bilingual conference for language professionals, go to
The Drama in Education Days invite second and foreign language teachers of all levels (primary to tertiary), as well as performers and researchers, to share best practice and research via talks and hands-on workshops.
The conference is organised by Eva Göksel (ZM, PH Zug) and Dr. Stefanie Giebert (HTWG Konstanz).


The Drama Days @ PH Zug, 26-29 March, University of Teacher Education, Zug

The event resonated well with students and staff at the university. Eight international drama, music and art education experts presented their work in a series of talks and workshops during the week.  


Some interesting links:  

British Council Shakespeare Lives

IDEA – International Drama Theatre and Education Association

IDIERI – International Drama in Education Research Institute

AATE – American Alliance for Theatre & Education

Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre – ESL touring theatre troupe

Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom – Professor George Belliveau

DICE – Drama Improves Lisbon Key Competences in Education

Further reading (just the tip of the iceberg …):


Baldwin, P. (2008). The Primary Drama Handbook. California: SAGE Publications  

Baldwin, P. (2012). With Drama in Mind. Real Learning in Imagined Worlds. London: Continuum International Publishing Group

Belliveau, G. (2014). Stepping into Drama. A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Elementary Classroom. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press  

Crutchfield, J., & Schewe, M. (Eds). (2017). Going Performative in Intercultural Education: International Contexts, Theoretical Perspectives and Models of Practice. Multilingual Matters

Felder, M., Krämer-Länger, M., Lille, R., & Ulrich, U. (2013). Studienbuch Theaterpädagogik. Grundlagen und Anregungen. Zürich: Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

Dawson, K., & Lee, B. K. (2018). Drama-based Pedagogy: Activating Learning Across the Curriculum. Intellect 

Greschonig, H. (2001). Dramapädagogik und Ökologisierung im Unterricht. Wien: BMBWK 

Schewe, M., & Shaw, P. (Ed.). (1993). Towards Drama as a Method in the Foreign Language Classroom. Frankfurt/Bern/New York: Peter Lang

Schewe, M. (Ed.). (1990). Drama und Theater in der Schule und für die Schule. Beiträge zur Einführung in die britische Drama- und Theaterpädagogik. Oldenburg: Universität Oldenburg

Neelands, J., & Goode, T. (2015). Structuring drama work. Cambridge University Press 

Prendergast, M., & Weigler, W. (2018). Web of Performance: An ensemble workbook. URI: 

Scenario Journal for Drama and Theatre in Foreign and Second Language Education‌ 

Swartz, L., & Nyman, D. (2010). Drama Schemes, Themes & Dreams. Markham, Ontario: Pembroke Publishers  

Theater Vermittlung Schule: Ein Dialog von Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Institute for the Performing Arts and Film, Anton Rey und Mira Sack von Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (März 2011) 


100 best Canadian kids’ books of all time

British Council/BBC: Using literature – an introduction

The Internet TESL Journal – Using Children's Literature with Young Learners

The Children’s Literature Web Guide

A little of both

Belliveau, G. (2014). Stepping into Drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the elementary classroom. Pacific Educational Press

Belliveau, G., with S. Belliveau. (2014). Shakespeare with young learners. Insight theatre education journal, 2(1) 

Belliveau, G., & Prendergast, M. (2013). Drama and literature. In M. Anderson & J. Dunn (Eds), How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice (pp. 277-290). Continuum Press: London, UK