The use of drama in the language teaching is in practice from a very long time. This medium is considered very effective by Chris Boudreault in this article. Here he introduces various benefits of drama, bringing drama to the real life, drama as teaching tool, revelation of human condition through drama, and power of transformation.
Before considering these above mentioned aspects Chris discusses the benefits of teaching in ESL.
- Meaningful, and fluent interaction in target language
- Assimilation of pronunciation and prosodic feature of target language
- Contextualized vocabulary and structure
- Builds confidence in using second language
Teachers here play just the role of an instructor because every student has the potential to lead and learn. By creative drama students become independent thinker and creative in nature. This gives students an opportunity of critical and creative thinking.
Though the drama is used for training in speech but it can be also used to bring drama in real life improvement. When fun element and learning goes along side, it creates many significant learning outputs. If they are relaxed they will remove their fear of using second language in their talk.