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Hello!  Please note!!!  This PBWorks site is a "test" / "play" site in 2010 for the moderators of the http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVO_Drama_2010/ group.  We may use a PBWorks wiki site next year (for the EVO_Drama_2011) but this year (2010) please visit and join:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVO_Drama_2010/  Thank you!





The Electronic Village Online is a set of six-week sessions, in which participants engage with ESOL experts in online discussions or virtual workshops for volunteer professional development.


The sessions are free and open to all interested parties.You do not need to be a TESOL member to participate.

Sessions are organized by TESOL's CALL Interest Section and are run wholly by volunteers who have donated their time to serve the profession.



Bringing Language Alive Through Process Drama



Presented by the TESOL Drama group


Sponsored by the Speech-Pronunciation-Listening Interest Section of International TESOL


SYLLABUS  Bringing Language Alive through Process Drama:





Process drama is a powerful language-learning tool because it involves all of the learners interactively all of the class time. Used for decades as a framework for reading, writing, and social studies classes in mainstream UK, Australian, and Canadian classrooms, process drama is now being utilized in second language classrooms worldwide because it provides stimuli for ongoing speaking, listening, reading, writing, and critical thinking opportunities while working within a dramatic context that evokes the use of intuition, imagination, and feeling. But what is it exactly? And how do we implement it? 



In this six-week online workshop, we will examine what it is, how it works, and how to apply it in relation to language acquisition in a step-by-step manner.  


Target Audience:  All ESOL teachers 


Sponsors:  SPL-IS and the TESOL-Drama Forum                       # of visitors to this page (since Nov. 23)  



EVO_Drama_2010 Week-by-Week Course Outline: 

Please note!  Click on the links to see more detailed information for each week. Thank you!


Week One



(01/11/10): Introduction (using Yahoo Group and Elluminate)

·       Introduction of moderators and participants; getting to know each other

·       An examination of readings related to process drama

·       Getting to know what process drama is

·       First Elluminate web-conference session(s); purpose = familiarize ourselves with Elluminate continue intros 


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Week Two


(01/18/10): The Tools of Process Drama (using Yahoo Group)


·       Review of Process Drama Tools:

·       Selecting theme or learning area

·       Context or particular circumstances

·       Roles for teacher and students

·       Frames within which the action will occur

·       The signs such as artifacts, images, sounds, or personal items – to bring the drama to life

·       Strategies – improvisation, writing in role, mime, still images or tableaux, out of role discussion, discussion in role, ritual, dance, slow   

       motion, inner monologue, thought tracking, etc.


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Week Three


(01/25/10): Utilizing the Tools, Constructing a Drama (Yahoo Group)


 Participants will continue examining tools introduced in Week 2 and:

1.  Establish an area of learning

2.  Determine the context or particular circumstances

3.  Determine the roles for the participants and teacher

4.  Determine the frame for action

5.  Establish a pre-text (brainstorm suggestions such as poems, comic stories, picture stories, etc.)

6.  Review plans for breakout groups to be formed in Week 4 


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Week Four


(02/01/10): Processing the Drama (Yahoo Group and then breakout groups will use Nings and Skype voice chats)


Participants will engage in whole group activity to finalize the choice of pre-texts as the basis for the process drama production.

Then, we will form “breakout groups” and work in smaller groups using Ning “Stages” to process and then to showcase each subgroup's Process Dramas.  

Participants will each join only one of these breakout groups "Stage."

EVO_Drama_2010 Co-moderators will each facilitate one “Stage.”

Participants will develop their strategies around the selected pre-texts.

Their suggested strategies will then support the movement of the drama stemming from the pre-text.

Once a strategy is suggested, it will be demonstrated by moderators and other participants in such a way that it not only deepens the drama but explores the mechanism of the strategy in several ways, at the same time, moving the drama on.

We will be building the drama while discussing and implementing the process. 



*Each subgroup will plan their own synchronous chat times, using the text chat available on each subgroup’s Ning Stage, and Skype for voice chats.


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Week Five


(02/08/10): Suggestions and Implementation of Strategies and Techniques (Yahoo Group, Nings, and Elluminate)

 Moderators will model and review, and participants will use some techniques within their subgroups that can be applied to the process of the drama such as:

·        voice over

·        narration

·        summing up

·        reporting

·        tapping in

·        voice collage

·        speaking diaries

·        imaging

·        teacher in role questioning

…as we bring the drama to final climax and denouement

…and share our results!


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Week Six


(02/15/10): Reflection on the Uses of Process Drama in the Language Classroom: Possibilities and Challenges  (Yahoo Group)

The first part of the week will be used to reflect upon the process undertaken and to attempt to identify areas of possible use in relation to language learning.

The second part of the week will be used to evaluate the session and identify direction for the TESOL/EVO – Drama workshop of 2011. 



Communication Media to be used during our six-week Drama EVO:


       Yahoo Group = main communication base (email posts/messages)


·        Elluminate interactive web-conferences


·        Nings and Ning text chats  (for breakout groups)


·        Skype voice chats 




Moderators Biographical Statements


Please click on each moderator's name to link to their bio statements; thanks!


Shin-Mei Kao  skao@mail.ncku.edu.tw


Gary Carkin garycarkin@yahoo.com


Susan Hillyard  ssnhillyard@gmail.com


Fernanda Molla  fermolla@hotmail.com


Jessica Davis Jessica.Davis@nau.edu


Holly Dilatush holly@dilatush.com


George Plautz gplautz@AOCE.utah.edu


and special appreciation to Leslie Sapp, too!



























Comments (4)

Holly Dilatush said

at 11:14 am on Nov 22, 2009

Welcome everyone!
Please note the "help" button in top right corner -- learn how to use this site! (I need to study there!)

Please visit and get ideas from: http://internet4younglearners.pbworks.com/ and http://evo-training.pbworks.com/ and http://images4education.pbworks.com/

Have fun creating our space! (feel free to edit away!)

garycarkin said

at 11:50 am on Nov 22, 2009

Hi Holly:

This is a nice start! Thanks for setting it up. We can all join in here.

I have to run to rehearsal, but will be back tonight!!


Alvaro Jesus Ricardez said

at 6:32 pm on Jan 14, 2010

I'm a TEFL teacher in a Mexican Middle School. I really love PB works. My students love it and I think it is a very practical, easy to use and quite powerful tool. My class wiki is


and I love it!

Alvaro Jesus Ricardez said

at 6:37 pm on Jan 14, 2010

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