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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.

Frank Wenzel and Samantha Gouyette are the co-coordinators of the Drama and Literature SIG. They look forward to sharing and collaborating with other enthusiasts in ETAS!

Frank hails from Liestal/Basel, and graduated from the Theaterhochschule Zürich (now ZHdK) in 2003. He has worked as a theatre actor, singer and co-producer ever since, mainly in Zürich, Basel, Luzern, Mannheim and Berlin. He is also an alumnus of the University of Basel, where he studied English Literature and Culture and European Cultural Anthropology. Frank's Swiss/German theatre background and fierce love for the English language may be an unusual combination, but Frank aims to contribute to this group in new and different ways.

Born in England, Samantha moved to the South West of France at a young age and did her schooling there. In "Lycée" she did the theatre option for her baccalauréat, and continued training and performing during her university years in Toulouse & Bordeaux. She obtained a BA in English literature, language and culture, and an MA in didactics for teaching French as a Foreign Language. In Lausanne since 2010, she is an eager performer in both French and English language productions in France and Switzerland, and carries this passion into the classroom. For example, via the "Activités PLUS" programme in Vaud/Waadt, she offers teenagers the opportunity to learn English through project-based learning, by creating their own original Musical in English.


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