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Learning English through Drama

Bibliography: Useful Sources

for Learning and Teaching English through Drama

Books on EFL Drama Classroom

Bernardi, P. (1992). Improvisation Starters. (Cincinnati: Betterway Books)

Burke, A.F. & O’Sullivan, J. C. (2002). Stage by Stage: A Handbook for Using Drama in the
Second Language Classroom. (Portsmouth: Heinemann)

Cassady, M. (1993). Acting Games: Improvisations and Exercises. (Colorado Springs:

Meriwether Publishing)

Dougill, J. (1987). Drama Activities for Language Learning. (London: Macmillan)

Heinig, R. (1988). Drama for the Classroom Teacher. 3rd ed. (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall)

Levy, G. (2005). 112 Acting Games. (Colorado Springs: Meriwether)

Maley, A., & Duff, A. (2005). Drama Techniques: A Resource Book of Communication Activities for
Language Teachers. (Cambridge: CUP)

McCaslin, N. (1996). Creative Drama in the Classroom and Beyond. 6th ed. (White Plains: Longman)

Spolin, V. (1986).Theater Games for the Classroom: A Teacher's Handbook . (Evanston:

Northwestern University Press)

Wessels, C. (1987). Drama. (Oxford: Oxford University Press)


Using Drama in the Language Classroom

“Add Drama to an EFL Class”


“Drama Techniques for Teaching English”

“Listening to Body Language”

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“Overcoming the Fear of Using Drama in English Language Teaching”

“Vocabulary Teaching Using Student-Written Dialogues”

“Web English Teacher: Theater Resources”

Lesson Plans

“Drama in Education: Materials”

“Film Festival: An ESL Lesson Plan to Get Students Talking about Movies”

“Lesson Plans”

Warm-ups and Other Drama Games

“Improv Games”



Drama Vocabulary

“ESL Test – Expressing Emotions”

“Movie Review Query Engine”

“Online English Vocabulary Exercise – Emotions and Feelings 1”

“Online English Vocabulary Exercise – Emotions and Feelings 2”

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“Online English Vocabulary Exercise – Emotions and Feelings 3”

“Vocabulary Exercises – Art and Entertainment”

Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation

“American Rhetoric – Movie Speeches”

“ – an English Pronouncing Dictionary with Instant Sound”

“Minimal Pair Practice & Quizzes”

“Pronunciation – Oxford University Press”

“Sentence Stress in English”

“Sounds of English – Tips for Teachers”

“The Speech Accent Archive”

Reader’s Theatre

“Aaron Shepard’s RT Page – Scripts and Tips for Reader’s Theater”

“Gander Academy Readers Theatre”

“Teaching and Learning: The Power of Reader’s Theater”

“Web English Teacher – Reader’s Theater”

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Scripts and Clips

“American Rhetoric – Movie Speeches”

“Drew’s Script-o-Rama”

“Horton’s Stage Page”


Other Books on Acting/Directing

Ball, W. (1984). A Sense of Direction: Some Observations on the Art of Directing . (Hollywood: Drama

Benedetti, R. (2006). The Actor in You. 3rd ed. (Boston: Pearson Education)

Bruder, M. (1986). A Practical Handbook for the Actor. (New York, Vintage Books)

Chubbuck, I. (2004). The Power of the Actor. (New York: Gotham Books)

Guskin, H. (2003). How to Stop Acting. (London: Faber and Faber)

Hagen, U. (1991). A Challenge for the Actor. (New York: Scribner)

Hauser, F. & Reich, R. (2003). Notes on Directing. (New York: RCR Creative Press)

Jory, J. (2000). Tips: Ideas for Actors. (Lyme, NH: Smith & Krause)

Ibid. (2002). Tips: Ideas for Directors. (Lyme, NH: Smith & Krause)

Ibid. (2004). Tips II: More Ideas for Actors. (Lyme, NH: Smith & Krause)

Meisner, S. & Longwell, D. (1987). Sanford Meisner on Acting. (New York: Vintage Books)

Moss, L. (2005). The Intent to Live: Achieving Your True Potential as an Actor. (New York: Bantam)

Nicola, J. P. (2002). Playing the Audience: The Practical Actor’s Guide to Live Performance . (New
York: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)

Shapiro, M. (1998). The Director’s Companion. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth)

Ibid. (2006). An Actor Performs. 2nd ed. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth)

Shurtleff, M. (1978). Audition. (New York: Bantam)

Silverberg, L. (1994). The Sanford Meisner Approach: An Actor’s Workbook . (Lyme, NH: Smith &

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Ibid. (1997). The Sanford Meisner Approach: Workbook Two – Emotional Freedom .
(Lyme, NH: Smith & Krause)

Ibid. (1998). The Sanford Meisner Approach: Workbook Three – Tackling the Text . (Lyme, NH: Smith
& Krause)

Ibid. (2000). The Sanford Meisner Approach: Workbook IV – Playing the Part.
(Lyme, NH: Smith & Krause)

Spolin, V. (1985). Theater Games for Rehearsal: A Director’s Handbook . (Evanston, IL: Northwestern
University Press)

Ibid. (2001). Theater Games for the Lone Actor: A Handbook . (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University

Waxberg, C. (1998). The Actor’s Script: Script Analysis for Performers. (Portsmouth: Heinemann

Witcover, W. (2004). Living on Stage – Acting from the Inside Out. (New York: Back Stage Books)

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