Drama tree is a unique approach to language teaching that has been tried and tested by Primary and middle school teachers in so many ways with different age group for past six years. It is unique in the sense that the entire learning process is drama based.
Through Drama Tree we strive to create an atmosphere where students build basic acting skills, practice innovation and divergent thinking, cherish individuality and boost confidence, develop empathy, take on alternate points of view, exercise collaborative skills and promote reflection. Drama Tree encourages students to explore English through their imagination and creativity and to express this through language and other forms of communication that include movement, action, dance and role-play.
This approach is designed to unleash the fullest potential of a child’s mind and body
Our activities aim to develop
- Rhythm and pronunciation
- Linguistic intelligence
- Accuracy and fluency of expression
- Confidence, motivation, trust & participation
- Oral and written communication skills
Drama addresses the emotional, artistic and intellectual aspects of the whole child. Drama as an artistic discipline within the school nurtures affective and intellectual competencies for 21st century learning. Drama has benefits that increases a child’s self-confidence, giving them the opportunity to express themselves in public.
Definition-Dramatics (Communication)-The art of writing and producing plays
To enable the child to create a permanent bridge between and to develop a Childs ability to enter physically, emotionally, intellectually into the drama world to promote questioning and empathetic skills to help non-native speakers of English to enhance their speaking and listening skills.
Why we chose dramatics to enhance communicative skills?
- Using plays enables children to use English in real conversations, expressing feeling and listening to the ideas of others
- Preparing a play promotes fluency because children learn and repeat their lines frequently, gaining in skill and confidence progressively
- As confidence grows, children can become clear and confident speakers, a great asset for life. Even shy students are coaxed out of their shell since they can hide behind a role or props.
- An attractive alternative to learn English language through drama gives a context for listening and meaningful language production, forcing the learners to use their language resources and thus enhancing their linguistic abilities.
Traditional classroom activities cannot appeal to and draw on the learners’ emotional reactions and direct experience. There is a need for learners to empathize with and to be emotionally involved in creating language.
Language Learning – Method Comparison
|Traditional approach||Dramatic approach|
|Focus on grammar||Focus on communication|
|Sequential language items||Meaningful activities (formal) with real life language (informal) based activities|
|Observation based work||Participation based activities|
|Skill getting||Skill using|
|Language practice||Language use|
|Emphasize on accuracy||Emphasize on fluency|
|Teacher centered||Learner centered|
|We must correct errors||Accept errors|
Drama tree incorporates the following principles
The concept of interactive learning entails a lot of pairs and group work in the class, and genuine language input from the actual world for meaningful communication.
Learner centered learning
This involves giving over of power in the language learning process to the learners themselves. It also strives to allow for personal creativity and input from the students, as well as taking into account their learning needs and objectives.
This concept stresses the ‘ensemble’ like nature of the classroom and emphasizes co-operation .Students share information and achieve their learning goals as a group.
Whole language approach
The philosophy of whole language is that students need to experience language as an integrated whole. It focuses on the need for an integrated approach to language instruction within a context that is meaningful to students.
Experiential Learning Outcome
Students who witness experiential learning cycle in the language learning process would be able to remember 90% of what they experienced through dramatic presentations after two weeks of time.
Drama tree framework components
The body of the tree is shown to represent the developing artist, with each part of the tree representing one of three interconnected learning areas. Learning outcomes are represented graphically metaphorically by the image of a tree
The content of the Drama Tree approach is set out in 3 levels
- Root phase
- Trunk phase
- Crown phase
Mode of delivery
This approach can be used with both Online and Offline training.
General outcome – Drama Tree
Students will be able to
- Read drama scripts in English.
- Understand main ideas and details in different kinds of dramatic scripts.
- Improve listening comprehension of different types of spoken texts for main ideas, details, speaker’s attitudes & emotions.
- Speak on a given topic for an extended period.
- Speak clearly (pronunciation, stress, intonation) to be understood by classmates & audience.
- Write dramatic scripts for different purposes.
- Formulate, express and defend individual ideas and opinions.
- Develop and use language learning strategies for all language skills.
- Will learn to think critically in dramatic impromptu improvisations.
- Will acquire thinking skills to make critical and rational judgments.
- Will learn how to manage factors that can inhibit or enhance their English language proficiency.
- Will be able to cope effectively and efficiently with change, extended speaking tasks and unplanned impromptu speaking.
- Develop a positive attitude towards constructive ideas and values that are transmitted and dramatized in oral/written form.
- Develop confidence in their ability to speak English spontaneously.
- Will perform in front of an audience in a complex culminating task.
- To manipulate body movements and facial expressions, to convey emotion and meaning in dramatization.
- Gain good speaking, listening habits to understand, enjoy and appreciate dramatic texts.
- Develop the ability to express themselves imaginatively and creatively.
How does your innovation work in practice?
SKILL THEATRE works as a skill development tool that promotes participation from the students and teachers fostering experiential learning. Our model works in accordance with experiential learning cycle incorporating the following principles: Experiential learning–Assessment–Learner-centered learning–Interactive Learning–Co-operative learning–Integrated learning–Social and Emotional well being–Technology based learning.
– We visit the schools in the rural community or connect with a remote school online
– We do a ‘Needs Analysis’ of every individual teacher/student considering various factors affecting their career/skills.
– We plan a structured profile based on their training needs
– We would agree on a tentative calendar and deliver training (Online and Face-to-Face)
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Step-1-Email your School/Institute details (Govt/Private/Public School)
Step-2-We get in touch with you
Step-4-Structure Profile based on training needs
Step 5-Training modules delivered through Online and Face-Face