Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Patrick R. Moran


This paper examines the rationale and design of a series of skits which three others and I wrote and presented in Israel during the course of an "English-through-drama" program which we conducted in the public school system. The paper presents one skit, used for fourth - sixth grades, as an example of the work we produced and as a basis for clarifying the way our teaching assumptions and objectives were reflected in our materials. The skits are of interest because of the way in which they integrate various drama techniques to meet both affective and linguistic needs in the classroom, especially those connected with teacher-student relationships and communicative competence. A description of our working procedure is included in the hope that others will consider producing more skits of similar design. Also included as a discussion of who best might write and present these new materials and ideas for follow-up activities for the classroom teacher.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching | Theatre and Performance Studies