This course teaches English as a second language, through the use of Drama, to international students in the Program in Intensive English (PIE) at Northern Arizona University (NAU). The following items are included to illuminate many aspects of this course: (a) project description, (b) needs analysis, (c) situation analysis, (d) goals and objectives, (e) predominant syllabus frameworks and course content, (f) syllabus, (g) sample materials, (h) evaluation plan, (i) teacher resources, and (j) flyer for the course. The contents of this section intend to display the program and teacher considerations, benefits, methods, and implications of this course. The benefits of incorporating this course into the Program in Intensive English are multi-fold.
This course is designed to support college-aged multi-level international students who wish to increase their communication skills in English in order to enroll in full-time coursework in an English language university. This project-based course engages students in a variety of dramatic tasks, with the product being a student-made public performance in English. The purpose of this course is to increase students’ language fluency, confidence, compensatory strategies, and interactional skills in English. Through differentiated instruction, it teaches students to be better communicators in a variety of authentic situations, and seeks to enable students to be more creative in their use of English. This course compels students to use English in ways that differ from everyday classroom interactions, mimicking more authentic language use.