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Welcome to the ETAS home of Drama and Literature!

This special interest group (SIG) page is a platform for teachers interested in using drama and literature in the English language classroom. 

DLSIG is coordinated by Eva Göksel.  She hails from Vancouver, Canada, where she completed her MA in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia with a focus on drama in education. 
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 drama(at)

Workshop on process drama for topics across the curriculum: 
Exploring Process Drama: Workshop by Radka Svobodová (Charles University Prague, CZ)
At the University of Teacher Education Zug (PH Zug) 
May 27th & 28th 2019
Contact Eva at drama(at) to register and for more information

Drama in Education Days 2019: July 18th-20th at the University of Teacher Education Zug (PH Zug)
Call for Papers: 
The fifth annual Drama in Education Days will take place in Zug, Switzerland from July 18th-20th 2019. 
The conference focuses on best practice and research in the field of Drama and Theatre in Education specifically in second and foreign language teaching.
The conference is bilingual English/German. 
For more information please go to:
Keynotes by Prof. Jonothan Neelands, University of Warwick, UK 
& Patrice Baldwin, Past Chair of National Drama UK 

ETAS PD Day 2019: Saturday, September 7th 2019
At the International School of Berne in Gümligen
With plenaries by Dr. Briony Beaven and Lindsay Clandfield 

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


Teachers Call for more Drama in Education in the Classroom!  To read the article (in German) please go to:


The 4th annual Drama in Education Days took place July 20th - 21st in Konstanz, Germany.
To read about the bilingual conference for language professionals, please follow the link to:
The DiE 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 March 26th - 29th resonated well with students and staff at the University of Teacher Education Zug. 
8 international drama, music, and art education experts presented their work in a series of talks and workshops throughout the week.  


FIRST JOINT ETAS – NILE-EFL WEBINAR - now available online

Drama as a Bridge to Literacy: How drama acts as the connection between reading, writing, listening, speaking and drama, with Susan Hillyard. 


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 Theatre & Education

ESL Touring Theatre Troupe – Wilde Shamrock

Prof. George Belliveau “Shakespeare in the Primary Classroom

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 Canadian Best Kid’s Books of All Time

BBC Teaching English – Using Literature in the Classroom

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. (224 pages)

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.