2014 Drama, Literacy, and Engagement

Registration for 2014 is now closed. View the 2015 program.

Summer Institute: Using drama to engage a variety of learners

The fifth UBC drama education institute is a five-day intensive that explores the use of drama with a variety of learners in diverse contexts.

Educators in contemporary learning environments are increasingly called upon to employ complex and adaptable pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of many learners.

This institute examines how drama can enhance learning experiences in multiple contexts and disciplines, through creative approaches suitable for learners of all ages, levels of ability, and cultural or linguistic backgrounds.

By combining hands-on drama-based strategies with academic literature, this course promotes engagement with learners through cognitive, kinesthetic and socio-emotional approaches.

A diverse array of drama strategies (i.e., role playing, miming, hot-seating) will be introduced to provide participants with additional teaching tools to better enhance their specific curriculum needs.

Dr. George Belliveau

George is Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Theatre/Drama Education. George taught theatre and drama for seven years in elementary and secondary schools prior to working at the tertiary level.

His research in elementary and secondary schools  include drama across the curriculum, research-based theatre, drama and social justice (bullying), and drama and L2 learning. His book, Stepping into drama: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the elementary classroom, published by Pacific Educational Press will be out in spring 2014. His co-authored book with Lynn Fels, Exploring curriculum: performative inquiry, role drama and learning (2008) was also published by Pacific Educational Press.

Dr. David Beare

David has a PhD in theatre education and his research focuses on theatre for positive youth development. For the past 20 years, he has taught theatre in both secondary and middle schools; he is currently teaching  theatre at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver. He teaches courses on directing & scriptwriting, theatre performance, and improvisation. In addition, he teaches secondary theatre methods and drama education courses in the teacher education program at UBC.

Using a co-curricular model, he co-directs original plays with a cast and crew of more than 150 students per  production, which combines 10 high school theatre, film, dance, and English classes.  Their original productions have been selected five times to advance to the Sear’s BC Provincial High School Drama Festival. David also coaches competitive improvisation in the Canadian Improv Games; his team advanced to the nationals six times in Ottawa.

International and national guest instructors to be announced.

UBC Vancouver

Digital Literacy Centre
Ponderosa Annex F | Room 103 | Map

July 21–25, 2014

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Registration & Fees

There are several pathways for participation in this program. The fees for the program will depend on your registration type.

Non-Credit Registration & Fees

Full payment is required with your online registration in order to reserve your space. We accept payment by credit card or debit card.

Refund Policy for Non-Credit Applications: If you would like to withdraw from a course, please submit written notice by June 16 to be eligible for a refund (less a $60 administration fee). No refund will be made for cancellations received later than this date, unless a course is cancelled by UBC Faculty of Education.

FAQs: Review the FAQs for Non-Credit Course Registration.

UBC Student Registration

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus);
please see "Admission to UBC" below. Once admitted, students may register in either of the options listed below.

Current UBC students can register for Graduate or Undergraduate credit courses through the Student Service Centre, using their Campus Wide Login.

Note: Prerequisites are waived for this course offering. Permission of the instructor is not required.

  • Graduate Course (3.0 credits)
    LLED 565F | Special Course in Subject Matter Field - Drama Education
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). Registration opens March 3.
    Graduate student fees apply; see details below.
  • Undergraduate Course (3.0 credits)
    LLED 435A 96A| Advanced Studies in Drama-in-Education
    LLED 388 96A | Secondary Theatre: Principles and Design
    Register through the Student Service Centre (SSC). See Summer Session registration dates.
    Undergraduate student fees apply; see details below.

For current UBC tuition, visit UBC Tuition Fees for the Education per credit tuition fees.

UBC Students

For current tuition information please refer to the UBC Calendar.

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students who wish to take credit courses must register for those courses and will be assessed tuition fees at the prevailing graduate per credit rate, plus authorized student fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review by The University of British Columbia. The Western Deans Agreement does not apply to this course.

Tuition Fee Certificates

Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | pdce.educ@ubc.ca

Student Assessed Fees

Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.

In the case of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, students who meet certain requirements may opt out of paying the fees during the first two weeks of the term.

To see whether you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.

If you think you qualify for an exemption, using your CWL ID and password logon to the student service centre and click on the Financial Summary tab to navigate to the U-Pass fee exemption page.

Students registered in on-campus courses in the Summer Session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.

You can also find out whether the AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan fee applies to you by visiting the Student Service Centre. If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the necessary procedures.

Admission to UBC

To register in the course for credit, students must be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education (Vancouver campus).

Admission to UBC

Undergraduate Students

All non-UBC students wishing to register in the courses must be first be admitted to the UBC Faculty of Education. Information on admission/readmission is available on the Teacher Education Office website.

Visiting Graduate Students

To be eligible for admission as a visiting student to UBC, students must be currently registered in a graduate program with good standing at the home university.

For assistance with the online admission procedures, contact the Department of Language & Literacy Education Graduate Student Support: Chris Fernandez.

Admission Categories

  • Unclassified Students
    If you wish to enroll in studies not intended to lead to a particular degree or diploma (such as a single course, a summer institute, or a 15-credit certificate program), you can apply as an Unclassified Student. Students with degrees who wish to register in education courses are admitted to the Faculty of Education as Unclassified, 5th year students, and typically already have a recognized degree.
  • Diploma Students
    If you wish to complete a 30-credit UBC-conferred post-degree diploma, apply for admission in this category, and be sure to indicate the specific Diploma program you are applying to.
  • UBC-Okanagan Students (Cross-Campus Registration)
    • All UBC-O students must contact pro-d.educ@ubc.ca or 604.822.3999 for assistance in registering for UBC-Vancouver Faculty of Education courses.
    • Cross campus registration is intended for UBC Okanagan undergraduate students interested in taking some courses at the Vancouver campus. To be considered for registration at the Vancouver campus, Okanagan undergraduate students must meet certain criteria. Further information is provided on the Okanagan Campus Students website.
    • UBC Vancouver Faculty of Education students who are interested in taking courses at the Okanagan campus should contact the program advisor for approval: Bette Shippam, Teacher Education Office.


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