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Drama pedagogy in the English Second Language class: A study of confidence and learning of high schol students in Thailand
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
(English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to examine the practical implications of process drama in ESL classrooms in Thailand, through two separate student groups participating in short drama courses. Evaluations of improvements of the students‟ command of the English language were made based on data collected through observations, questionnaires and unstructured conversations. The results indicate that process drama may aid students in developing greater confidence in their speaking abilities, and classroom dynamics can be positively enhanced through allowing the students to engage individually with content. Process drama is a method that enables and encourages students to practice speaking in their second language which develops other key SL components such as appropriate body language, tone of voice and correct pronunciation. The findings indicate the importance of developing a „safe environment‟ where students feel able to drop anxieties and focus on communicating with each other in a fun and interactive way.

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Social Sciences Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61525OAI: diva2:570378
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-11-19 Created: 2012-11-19 Last updated: 2012-11-19Bibliographically approved

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