Teaching Insights: Benefits of drama in the language classroom

The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) recently published an article on ‘Drama: Beyond role play’ by ICTE’s Ceara McManus. The Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group is designed to drive change and sets standards in teaching English to young learners and teenagers (2 - 17 years old) for training and development, classroom practice and assessment.

As an English teacher and teacher trainer, Ceara reflects on how drama-based activities can support language learners in the English language classroom, and explores how they can get to know each other, and develop collaboration and improvisation skills. She draws on how to use activities independently as warmers or revision exercises, and engage deeply to discover knowledge, generate ideas and create building blocks for larger drama-based activities.

Read the full article here


Ceara has been a TESOL language teacher and teacher trainer at ICTE since 2013. Originally a drama and French teacher, Ceara qualified in ESL with a CELTA, CELTYL and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics. Her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics specialised in teaching English through language arts. Ceara’s passion for languages and drama led her to develop innovative and creative programmes in English language teaching and teacher development.

Last updated:
29 January 2020