Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman


Three recent intensive courses teaching EFL in Puerto Rico and ESL in Brattleboro provided the author with practical experience using drama activities in connection with the application of notional-functional syllabuses. These experiences are described and the choice of a "functional" approach is justified. Functions are explained and an overview of drama is given. Seven practical drama activities for a variety of language levels and situations are presented. A discussion of the pedagogical aspects of practicing functions through drama follows, wherein such considerations as the role of the teacher, the development of the student, lesson planning, giving directions and aims are included. Some thoughts on the language/drama teacher conclude the paper.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development | Theatre and Performance Studies