Taught course

Drama Education and English Language Teaching

University of Warwick · Department of Education Studies

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent).

English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

    • Band B
    • IELTS score to 7 overall, no more than two components at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+

Months of entry


Course content

Study and research how drama education motivates students, creates confidence in speaking and uses language in purposeful contexts at the Departments of Education Studies. You will learn across two departments, gaining subject knowledge both in drama education and in TESOL strategies and resources from Applied Linguistics. You will work practically and collaboratively to make connections between drama education and language learning. This exciting MA programme offers an in-depth insight into the ways drama and theatre education can enhance teaching and learning in education, specifically in the field of English Language Teaching and Learning. 

We introduce you to a range of hybrid pedagogic strategies that are underpinned by rigour and that aspire to make language learning accessible, playful, creative and engaging. You will engage with cutting-edge theory and practice-led research related to the ways drama and theatre can be used as pedagogical tools. This MA is aimed at individuals interested in working as practitioners in schools colleges, community and educational theatre settings and will be of interest to those working in the areas of TESOL. 

The course of study provides a planned and structured programme, which is sufficiently flexible to respond to the needs of a wide range of pedagogic and cultural contexts. Practical activities are at the heart of our course structure, so there will be a number of opportunities to work with your peers, collaborating, debating, and researching practical solutions. Your interdisciplinary skill set will be developed throughout the MA, enabling you to pursue a diverse array of career pathways. 

Skills from this degree

  • Gain theoretical understanding of how and why drama can support language learning with particular attention to issues relating to second language learning 
  • Develop awareness of the social dynamics of the classroom and their implications for the teaching-learning process 
  • Learn how to critically analyse and evaluate current research in drama education and ELT 
  • Formulate a relevant research question and design a valid project for inquiry
  • Ability to plan and execute successful drama workshops focusing on language development 
  • Ability to advocate the use of teaching of ELT 

Fees and funding

See University website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Education Studies