IEL2070: Interpreting Drama Texts through Performance

  • Students often struggle to understand the demands of literary analysis of dramatic works, which have a separate life in the theatre independent of life on the shelf. In order to make students conscious of the performative qualities of drama, teachers often ask students to enact portions of the play. While dramatising the text is useful, the process can be further enhanced by having the students interrogate the text on a deeper and more personal level.

    Students need to understand that a play is theatrical and laden with subtext. Hence, they need strategies to explore these hidden meanings in order to develop a more comprehensive understanding of it. In this workshop, the instructor will explore how drama can be used as a medium, not simply for realising performance, but effective deconstruction of a dramatic work. Teachers will learn about facilitating ensemble performances using examples from Shakespearean works including The Merchant of Venice – a text recommended for Lower Secondary Literature.

    Learning Dimensions:

    • Mastering Self
    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Academic Curriculum
    • Deepening Knowledge and Practice in Student Development Curriculum
  • At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Deconstruct literary texts via dramatic performance
    • Explore subtext critically through drama strategies and conventions
    • Apply drama strategies to make Shakespeare more accessible
  • Secondary School Literature Teachers

  • Date :  26 July 2018
    Time : 9.00am to 2.00pm
    Venue : National Institute of Education, 1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
      Exact TR to be advised

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • $54.50 for MOE participants and $402.25 for non-MOE participants (inclusive of GST and $1 copyright fee).

  • 28 June 2018

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.
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    and Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk, S(637616 )
    Attn: Ms Nur Shafiqah


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