Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Drama and Theatre Methodology for Teaching in the Secondary School

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit exposes students to the most common text-related practices that they would use and encounter in their teaching. These will include the use of subtext, 'hot-seating', work on verse and poems, characterisation, interaction, etc. The students will also be alerted to the most commonly used styles and modes of dramatic writing. Students will have the opportunity to create Schemes of work, decide on learning outcomes, modes of assessment/peer evaluations, plan lessons related to the teaching of specific texts that include but are not restricted to playtexts, and to practice these on each other. The study-unit exposes students to the approaches used in the preparation of monologues and scenes that feature in a selection of examination boards and syllabi, like Trinity Guildhall, LAMDA, IGCSE and MATSEC intermediate.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To prepare student trainees to teach in the secondary classroom, mainly to prepare their class for IGCSE or for intermediate MATSEC;
- To equip students with the necessary theoretical background, pedagogical skills and professional practice from a subject-specific perspective;
- To enable students to apply creative and theatre processes;
- To enable students to make dynamic links between theory and practice;
- To develop students’ understanding of drama through practical and theoretical study;
- To develop students’ directing/ acting skills, both individually and in groups;
- To enable students to develop their skills in devising original drama;
- To foster understanding of the performance process.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- apply their in-depth knowledge and understanding of Drama conventions and theatre scripts into the secondary classroom;
- identify, compare and apply different modes of assessment in drama education at this level;
- evaluate his/her own practices and relationships between teaching methods and broader educational philosophies;
- identify methods of engaging learners in a range of thinking and creative processes when devising or interpreting theatre pieces.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- confidently plan and deliver a rich and diverse curriculum to prepare secondary school students for their drama exams;
- apply various drama conventions and learner-centred strategies for effective Drama teaching at secondary levels;
- think on the spot to inspire and elicit from students who feel challenged or are stuck in their creative process;
- demonstrate and critique historical and contextual understandings of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in relation to Drama;
- identify and appraise current educational issues in the teaching and learning of Drama;
- apply and evaluate the principles of inclusion and biculturalism in relation to the teaching of Drama;
- select and justify the use of resources and approaches for the effective teaching of Drama;
- demonstrate and critically evaluate best practice in planning and assessment for learning in Drama.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Pymm, J. and Deal, G. A Student’s Guide to A2 Performance Studies, Rhinegold, 2005. ISBN 1904226493.

Texts will change from one year to the next depending on set texts by Boards of Examinations.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM2 No 20%
Presentation SEM2 No 20%
Presentation SEM2 No 20%
Assignment SEM2 No 40%

LECTURER/S Maria Cristina Caruana
Lesley Nixon

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