EML444 Curriculum Method 2: Drama (8)

Teacher education students will explore experiential learning theory and critically apply this methodology to Stage 6 classroom drama education. This subject develops the skills of programming, planning, implementing and assessing classroom drama learning experiences for stage 6 students with a range of abilities and backgrounds. It builds on the knowledge and understanding introduced in the previous subject EML443, developing an appreciation of the K-12 continuum of learning in the discipline of Drama. Teacher education students will design teaching and learning sequences that require learners to engage in the practices of Making, Performing and Critically Studying and to create and test ideas, generate creative works with confidence, shape inquiry and to critically evaluate and reflect on what they do. Students apply teaching and assessment strategies which are appropriate to Stage 6 drama, inclusive of the needs of diverse learners and address cross-curricular priorities / general capabilities.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EML444. 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:

Entry into the Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of 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 EML492

Assumed Knowledge

Student has completed subject EML443 prior to undertaking this subject.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the models of pedagogy underpinning the principles and practices of drama teaching and learning and the drama theory & practice K-12 continuum;
  • be able to analyse and evaluate pedagogies and resources for stage 6 drama, including differentiated teaching, learning and assessment strategies to meet the needs of diverse students in Stage 6 drama;
  • be able to plan and evaluate teaching programs that use a range of teaching and assessment strategies and are constructively aligned to the stage 6 drama syllabus outcomes;
  • be able to create teaching resources that feature experiential activities and stimulus material and include strategies to cater for a diverse range of learners;
  • be able to justify the selection of teaching resources for drama teaching and learning (Stage 6) including the selection of digital resources and tools with appropriate digital content to meet Stage 6 curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements;
  • be able to develop and implement a wide range of assessment and feedback strategies for assessing drama curriculum outcomes; and
  • be able to apply curriculum metalanguage and dramatic language to unit and assessment design in senior drama.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Authentic pedagogy
  • Practical and theoretical approaches to Stage 6 content areas
  • Programming for quality teaching and authentic pedagogy in drama
  • Teaching and learning strategies for the Stage 6 drama classroom
  • Teaching in a diverse classroom
  • Differentiated teaching and learning
  • Assessment for Stage 6: Developing assessment strategies
  • Assessment for Stage 6: HSC marking
  • Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture in drama
  • Practical tips for performance assessment of scripted and non-scripted drama and theatre
  • Programming and planning for diversity

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EML444 in Session 2 2020. 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 %
Planning and assessing stage 6
Resource booklet and performance evaluation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.