Use of Drama to Enhance Speaking Skills of English as a Second Language (ESL) Learners

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  • Md Rafiqul Islam Asst Professor, English Dept, Premier University Chittagong, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/sudurpaschim.v1i1.63390

Keywords:

Theatrical arts, Shakespearean drama techniques, Dramatic staging, ESL, education, Communication skills, Learner's speaking development

Abstract

This study delves into the transformative potential of Shakespearean drama staging in enhancing the speaking skills of English as a Second Language (ESL) learners in higher education. Employing a qualitative interpretive research paradigm and drawing on Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory, the research utilizes semi-structured interviews as the primary tool to explore the experiences of teachers and students in a specific Department of English Language and Literature at a private university in Chattogram, Bangladesh. The findings illuminate the manifold benefits of drama, including heightened speaking confidence, improved teamwork, enhanced improvisational skills, and increased self-esteem. This study not only contributes valuable insights into the advantages of incorporating Shakespearean dramas in ESL settings but also establishes a foundation for future research in diverse contexts beyond national borders.

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Islam, M. R. (2023). Use of Drama to Enhance Speaking Skills of English as a Second Language (ESL) Learners. Sudurpaschim Spectrum, 1(1), 92–106. https://doi.org/10.3126/sudurpaschim.v1i1.63390

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