Drama as a Bridge to Literacy: how drama acts as the connection between reading, writing, listening, speaking and drama.
A webinar with Susan Hillyard
This presentation explores drama, a polysemic discipline, as both a literacy itself and an effective resource for the teaching of multiple literacies. It argues that drama can bridge the gap between basic word skills and greater competency in sophisticated literacy skills. It shows how role adoption and contextualization in drama adhere to a number of models of effective language teaching and how drama also appeals to different learning styles. A comparison between improvisation and reading shows that the former is more effective in developing multi modal skills enabling the development of multiple literacies leading to learning a language for life.
Susan Hillyard, B.Ed. (Hons) Warwick University (U.K.) has work experience in seventeen countries as a teacher as a teacher, director, speaker, workshop facilitator, consultant, researcher, on-line tutor. She was Prof. Language IV in Lenguas Vivas and UTN, BsAs. She has co-authored a Resource Book for Teachers Global Issues for OUP and TDI-TKT On-line Course for Pearson, New York. Moderator EVO Drama on-line course for TESOL and on-line tutor on the Masters in ELT, La Sabana University, Colombia. Now coordinator: English in Action, teaching English through Drama in Special Education, Ministry of Education, City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.