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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, Drama and Literature SIG Coordinator

Eva hails from Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she completed her MA in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on Drama in Education in language teaching and learning. 


Current of note

The Drama in Education Days 2021 will be held online September 10th - 12th. For more information and to register (as of May 2021) please go to:
Organization: Stefanie Giebert & Eva Göksel 

The PDF of the conference proceedings for the Drama in Education Days 2018 and 2019 can be found in the pedocs repository:

Some interesting links:  

British Council Shakespeare Lives

IDEA – International Drama Theater and Education Association

IDIERI – International Drama in Education Research Institute

AATE – American Alliance for Theater & Education

Wilde Shamrock Touring Theatre – ESL touring theater troupe

Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom – Professor George Belliveau

DICE – Drama Improves Lisbon Key Competences in Education

Further reading 


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

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

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

Göksel, E. (2019). Embodied Language Learning Through Drama: A Tool for Reflection, Professional Development, and Holistic Language Practice. Babylonia: The Swiss Journal of Language Teaching and Learning. 2019/N3. University of Teacher Education: Zurich. 

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

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 


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