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Drama: engaging all learning styles

Sally Ashton-Hay, Centre for Learning Innovation, Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology

Abstract

Drama is highly regarded as an effective and valuable teaching strategy because of its unique ability to engage reflective, constructivist and active learning in the classroom as well as enhancing oral skills development (Di Pietro, 1987; Via, 1976; Heathcote cited in Wagner, 1976; Mezirow, 1990; Schon, 1991; Donato and McCormick, 1994; Lukinsky, 1990; Miccoli, 2003). As teachers, we often search for effective ways to improve our classes, motivate the students that we teach and appeal to a range of learning styles. This paper will discuss some of the benefits of using drama as a teaching strategy, its power to engage all learning styles and offer some practical classroom teaching activities which incorporate various learning styles in English as a foreign or second language. Teachers are encouraged to try some of these strategies and provide a more active and engaging learning experience for students in the classroom.

Suggested Citation

Ashton-Hay, S 2005, 'Drama: engaging all learning styles', paper presented to 9th International INGED (Turkish English Education Association) Conference, Ankara, Turkey, 20-22 October.

Available for download from the QUT ePrints digital repository at http://eprints.qut.edu.au/12261/