EML443 Curriculum Method 1: Drama (8)

This subject provides teacher education students with the professional knowledge and pedagogical practices that will enable them to be a teacher of secondary drama. In this subject students will engage with the ideas, issues and practical considerations of classroom drama curriculum for Stage 4 and 5 (years 7-12), examine how these are represented in curriculum documents, and investigate the role and value of drama in the context of the broader curriculum. Teacher education students will design a range of learning opportunities to facilitate individual and collaborative learning about the elements of drama and the practices of making, performing and appreciating drama in a range of contexts. They will apply the theory, practice and processes of experiential learning in their planning for the teaching of a range of dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques and theatrical conventions. The emphasis in this course is upon the teaching, planning, programming and assessing classroom drama related to the NSW Year 7 - 10 Drama Syllabus. Teacher education students will explore learning and assessment strategies and resources (including digital resources) that are used in drama to engage learners with diverse needs and abilities. Attention is also given to the literacy and numeracy demands of this curriculum area.

Throughout this semester students will keep a self-reflective journal to assist students in understanding, planning and decision-making in the experiential learning context.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML443. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is available to students entering into the following courses:

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Master ot Teaching (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (K-12)
Bachelor of Educational Studies

or as determined by the Course Director.

Not available to students who have completed EML491

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the knowledge base and models of pedagogy underpinning the principles and practices of drama teaching and learning and the role and value of drama (Stages 4-5) in the broader K-12 school curriculum;
  • be able to apply the theory, practice and processes of experiential learning in the planning of learning activities aligned with stage 4/5 drama syllabus outcomes;
  • be able to describe strategies for individual and collaborative learning and assessment in drama, and are inclusive of students with diverse needs and abilities (Stages 4 and 5);
  • be able to identify and apply elements of the secondary drama curriculum including drama metalanguage;
  • be able to develop effective teaching, learning, and assessment sequences that incorporate cross-curriculum priorities / general capabilities in drama (Stages 4 and 5); and
  • be able to critique and apply pedagogical models for teaching drama, including strategies explicitly designed to develop students' ICT, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills in drama.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The development of educational drama philosophy and practice in Australia
  • The role and value of drama (Stages 4-5) in the K-12 creative arts curriculum
  • NSW Drama syllabus 7-10, the processes of making, performing and appreciating
  • Experiential learning practice for the drama classroom, including in physical activites
  • Experiential teaching and learning strategies and planning for Stage 4 and 5
  • Differentiation, supporting students with diverse needs and abilities to access the drama curriculum and demonstrate achievement
  • Dramatic forms, performance of scripted & non-scripted drama & theatre
  • Playful practice, drama improvisation, playbuilding
  • Timely and appropriate feedback
  • Implementing strategies for development of studentsí literacy and numeracy through drama elements including narration and timing.
  • Elements of production in performance
  • Digital literacy through multimedia tasks and stage design activities
  • Assessment in Drama
  • NESA requirements for ROSA
  • ICTs in teaching and learning and assessment
  • Programming for Stage 4 and 5
  • Managing a Practical Classroom including safety and risk management, budgeting, selecting, storing, maintaining and replacing materials, equipment and other resources

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML443 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Experiential learning in the drama classroom
Teaching unit on playbuilding

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: October 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.