Theatre as a Means for Teaching a Second Language


  • Claire Holman University of Georgia



theatre, drama, product-based, processed-based, creation, devised work


This paper discusses theatre as a way to enhance and/or revitalize the language classroom both in second and foreign language contexts. Theatre and drama have been identified as creative pedagogical approaches to engage students to interact in situations and realistic scenarios in which their second language would be used in an accessible, safe way that adequately prepares them for language use in the real world. Using theatre and drama as instructional support does not disregard current language teaching practices, but provides educators options to enhance their teaching and learning spaces. I hope the discussion presented here will inspire educators to integrate theatre into their classroom contexts because when language is accessible, approachable, and relevant in a fun and meaningful way, language learning and acquisition are achievable.

Author Biography

  • Claire Holman, University of Georgia

    Claire L. Holman, Linguistics, Spanish, Theatre Major; TESOL Minor, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; email [email protected].


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Theatre as a Means for Teaching a Second Language (Holman, 2022)






Pedagogical Practices, Programs, Policy, and Perspectives

How to Cite

Theatre as a Means for Teaching a Second Language. (2022). GATESOL Journal, 32(2), 14–26.