Speech and Drama Arts

Wishing that your child would just speak up a bit more?  Or that he or she would be more confident about themselves?  We want to help your child to develop communication, language and social-emotional skills through highly interactive and engaging drama activities.  We want to provide our students with active learning experiences to empower them to express ideas and thoughts without inhibition.

How does drama help students with their social-emotional skills? Click here to read more!

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Our Approach

Using drama activities, students have the opportunity to enhance their persuasiveness and confidence in communication. Students are given the freedom to express themselves freely, using their imagination and creativity. Other vital communication skills that are fostered in the class setting includes listening and concentration. Activities ranging from role-playing to stage performances require students to understand the fundamentals of stage directions, character dialogues, music and light cues. Orton-Gillingham Principles are incorporated in our lessons to ensure quality and effectiveness.

To register for the Speech and Drama Arts Programme, please click here.

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The programme caters to different age group

  • Creative Drama (K2 - Primary 3)
  • Literacy Through Drama Programme (Primary 4 - Primary 6)
  • Educational Drama (Secondary 1 - Secondary 2)

 

Recommended for

The Speech and Drama Arts Programme is recommended to students who want to explore the learning of the English language through drama skills and aspire to be confident communicators who are great team players and able to think creatively.

Entry Criteria

  • K2, all primary and lower secondary school students
  • No formal diagnosis of dyslexia is required
  • Open to non-DAS students

 

Research

Hamzah, M. (2019). An evaluation of the effectiveness of using drama as a tool to build social‐emotional development of children with dyslexia in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Developmental Differences, 6 (1), 124 -147.

Read the article here

 


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Specialised Educational Services (SES) is a division of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. SES programmes are tailored to fit the learning needs of students with a learning difference.

SES Programmes are NOT funded by the Ministry of Education (MOE), the MOE only supply a grant for the DAS Main Literacy Programme (MLP).  

COMPREHENSION
By Amrit Kaur Gill

Drama Activities can add an element of fun to reading comprehension. With drama activities, it provides an opportunity for students to engage with text in an interactive manner. By doing this, it helps to develops students’ comprehension skills in a fun and non-pressurising manner. In this article, we explore three drama activities that you can try out with your child or student!

View the article here!

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DRAMA, A DIFFERENT WAY TO LEARN.
By Corinne Ang

Most people do not associate drama with learning. This subject has the reputation of being fun and loud, which might seem counter-productive to some. However, a deeper look uncovers its ability to enhance speaking, listening, comprehension and critical thinking skills. In this article, we explore how learning drama can contribute positively to an individual academically and personally.

View the article here!

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IMPROV TO IMPROVE
By Amrit Kaur Gill

 

Improvisation provides the opportunity for an individual to develop one’s self on various levels. With improv exercises and engaging activities, individuals will be taught to think and react on the spot. This will help the individual to learn how to cope with uncertainties. Find out how improv helps with learning!

View the article here!

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MAKING THE SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL CONNECTIONS WITH DRAMA
By Corinne Ang

Being able to manage one’s emotions and navigate social interactions are essential skills for all children. An argument can be made that children with dyslexia require these skills even more. Drama is an excellent tool to introduce and sustain social-emotional competencies. As an art form, it is greatly associated with human interaction.

View the article here!

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TWEENS AND TEENS - THE FRUSTRATION IS REAL!
By Muzdalifah Hamzah

Tweens and teens are at the stage where they are overly consumed by the changes in their bodies and the social world. What can parents do to help their tweens and teens?

View the article here!

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The Effectiveness of using Drama as a Tool to build Social-Emotional Development of Children with Dyslexia in Singapore
By Muzdalifah Hamzah

This study explores the efficacy of a speech and drama programme in developing social-emotional literacy of children with dyslexia.

View on YouTube here!

 

Dyslexia and Drama in Education
By Pushpaa Arumugam and Muzdalifah Hamzah

This recording is a presentation from UNITE SpLD conference in 2016.

View on YouTube here!

 

 

 

Speech and Drama Arts Trial Class is open for registration

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Trial Class Details - Registration for Term 4 now open!
To register, click here.

Trial Class Intake - Term 4
(OPEN)

Date: 15 October 2022, Saturday
Time: 10.00am to 11.30am

Venue: Bedok Learning Centre

Level: P2 to P4

Trial Class Intake - Term 4
(OPEN)

Date: 15 October 2022, Saturday
Time: 2.00pm to 3.30 pm

Venue: Bedok Learning Centre

Level: P4 to P6

 

 

Registration for Speech and Drama Arts Classes and Trial Classes are open now! 

Bursary is available for these classes, T&Cs apply. Click here for more info

 

The programme consists of different modules catering to different age groups:

  • Creative Drama Programme
  • Literacy through Drama Programme
  • Educational Drama

 

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To register, please call 6444 5700 or email info@das.org.sg

Creative Drama
(K2 to Lower Primary)

Bishan Learning Centre

Saturdays, 10.30 am to 12 pm
Sundays, 3 pm to 4.30 pm

Literacy Through Drama
(Primary 4 - 6)
Bedok Learning Centre


Bishan Learning Centre
Saturdays, 10 am to 11.30 am
Saturdays, 2 pm to 3.30 pm

Saturdays, 3 pm to 4.30 pm
Sundays, 1 pm to 2.30 pm
Educational Drama
(Secondary 1 - 2)

Bishan Learning Centre

Saturdays, 1 pm to 2.30pm

** Class subject to availability
** Social distancing measures are put in place to ensure safety of all students

 

SPEECH AND DRAMA ARTS ONLINE LEARNING

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Help! It was my initial reaction when we received the news that DAS classes, including SES programmes, we’re going online in Term 2 Week 1. It was not due to the lack of preparation but it was more of the unimaginable apprehension, anxiety and uncertainty.

Being a drama instructor in Speech & Drama Arts (SDA) programme, it didn’t occur to me that one day I will teach drama online. A typical drama class would involve a lot of movement activities, role-playing with friends, voice exercises and rehearsals after rehearsals in a big space. “How to teach drama online?” And a lot more questions ran in my head.

It was near to impossible at first but here’s how the SDA team rise against adversity…

REVISED CURRICULUM

When the announcement for home-based learning was made, the team set in motion the contingency plan we had prepared prior to the closure. We looked at the activities in our curriculum and identified those that we could adapt to suit online delivery. 

Since it was our first time conducting those activities online, there were some hits and misses along the way. We had improvised the activities as we got better at managing and executing online classes. ‘Simon says’, ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ and ‘Guess Who Am I?’ are some adapted games where the students learn concentration skill, listening skill and at the same time having fun in their online classes. 

Read more about Speech and Drama Arts Online Experience here:

HELP! I AM TEACHING DRAMA ONLINE!

HOW CAN SPEECH AND DRAMA CLASS HELP MY CHILD?

 


 

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - ZIQRY
By Muzdalifah Hamzah

Ziqry joined the DAS Speech & Drama Arts Programme when he was only 9 years old. As a drama student, Ziqry always gives his best in class and in performances. He looks forward to performances and enjoys the limelight whenever he’s on the stage.

Read Ziqry's story here!

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SDA VIRTUAL SHOWCASE 2021
By Amrit Kaur Gill

On 28 December 2021, 36 of our Speech and Drama Arts (SDA) students adorned the screens for the Virtual DAS Showcase. The SDA students from two DAS Learning Centres (Bedok and Bishan), aged between 6-15 years old presented various plays for their parents and for their teacher's DAS.

View the article here!

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON
By Corinne Ang

What comes to mind when you think of a drama class? Chances are, it will be a group of children, in a classroom acting out a scene. As drama teachers, these images are etched in our minds. However, in the last term, our drama classes took a different form. Students entered class by literally popping up in little boxes lined up on computer screens. Suddenly, sound quality and internet connection became a concern and information was shared with a single click. Students and teachers alike had to relearn how to function in this new environment.

View the article here!

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3…2…1…ACTION!
By Amrit Kaur Gill

The Speech and Drama Arts (SDA) team recognises speech and drama as an effective means of developing our students’ talents and self-confidence, which in turn can lead to a more positive self-concept for our students. Despite being in a pandemic, it didn’t deter the Speech and Drama Arts team from putting up a performance.

View the article here!

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ACTORS ASSEMBLE! WE ARE BACK IN CLASS!
By Corinne Ang

“It’s good to come back because I can see my friends’ real faces and not from the screen.” 

Despite the new routines and challenges, students are happy to be reunited. Let’s hear what they had to say!

View the article here!

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NOAH YAP - ASPIRING ACTOR
AN INTERVIEW WITH NOAH YAP BY THE SPEECH AND DRAMA ARTS TEAM

Noah Yap, a 12-year-old cheerful and diligent student, has been in the Speech and Drama Arts (SDA) programme at Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) for the past 2.5 years. After being in the programme for some time, Noah decided to continue his passion for Theatre Arts in Secondary School.

SDA sat down with Noah over some biscuits to gain an insight into his life as SDA student and the decisions he made. Let’s take a sneak peek into Noah’s life and learn how he has managed to achieve his goals.

View the article here!

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SERAMAI 300 hadirin berpeluang menonton sebuah persembahan teater selama 105 minit di Teater Genexis di Fusionopolis kelmarin. Sekali imbas, persembahan yang diberi nama Shakespeare 400 itu kelihatan seperti persembahan teater biasa para pelajar. SERAMAI 300 hadirin berpeluang menonton sebuah persembahan teater selama 105 minit di Teater Genexis di Fusionopolis kelmarin.

Rachel Cher (second from left) performing in Midsummer Chaotic Dreams, an adaption of A Midsummer Night Acting dream comes true for young Aiden

Like many young boys, 12-year-old Aiden Peh dreams of making it big as a professional actor. While the road to the red carpet may be rocky for any aspiring star, he faces an additional hurdle - dyslexia. Though learning lines may be a struggle, the Anglo Chinese School Junior pupil has shown that this will not keep him out of the spotlight.

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Journey of the Legends, Ramayana 

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நீண்ட வாக்கியங்களைத் திக்கித் திணறாமல் அழகாகவும் தெளி வாகவும் கூறிய 11 வயது மகள் பிரியாவைக் கண்டு பூரித்துப் போனார் 51 வயது திரு சண்முக ரத்னம் தம்பையா. உச்சரிக்க முடியாத சொற்களை எல்லாம் சுலபமாக உச்சரிக்கப் பழகிக் கொண்ட மகளின் முன்னேற்றம் திரு சண்முகத்துக்குப் புதுத் தெம்பு அளித்துள்ளது. 'டிஸ்லெக்சியா' எனும் கற்றல் குறைபாட்டால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட பிரியாவுக்கு ஆங்கில எழுத்து களை உச்சரிப்பதும் எழுத்துக் கூட்டி வாசிப்பதும் தொடக்கத் தில் ஒரு பெருஞ்சவாலாகவே இருந்து வந்தது.

SPEECH AND DRAMA ARTS PROGRAMME


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is the aim of the Speech and Drama Arts (SDA) Programme?
The main aim of the SDA Programme is to provide an outlet for students to express themselves, ideas and thoughts without inhibition. The Speech and Drama Arts Programme focuses on developing acting skills, language skills and social-emotional skills through highly interactive and engaging drama activities.

2. What is covered in the programme?
These are the components covered in our SDA Programme:
1) Introduction to Drama - What is Drama (story, scenes, settings, characters, dialogues)
2) Tableaux (Freeze frames)
3) Mime
4) Emotions
5) Voice Expression
6) Physical Expression
7) Critical Thinking
8) Language development through the exposure of different text types


3. How are the lessons at the DAS different from what is offered at tuition/enrichment centres?
The SDA Programme is designed such that students participate in both guided and self-directed activities that engages them kinaesthetically and cognitively. The activities facilitated during lessons encourage affective aspects of reading and literacy while offering multiple opportunities for meaningful communication, social interaction, discussion and feedback. The teachers also have the ability to understand the needs of a child with dyslexia as they are trained Educational Therapists.

4. How many students are there in a class?
Each SDA class has a maximum of 10 students and a minimum of 6 students. The big class size allows students to work together in a team for presentations.

5. Does the SDA programme offer one-to-one remediation?
No, we do not offer one-to-one remediation.

6. How much is the SDA Programme?

Please refer to all our Programme Fees here

Lessons are charged on a termly basis (10 lessons), inclusive of GST. Bursary is available, including for a second Specialised Educational Services (SES) programme.

For example:
Child A is enrolled in both the Main Literacy Programme and Maths Programme and is receiving a bursary. Child A is entitled to receive a second SES bursary if he/she enrols in the Speech and Drama Arts Programme. 

7. How often are classes conducted?
Each SDA class is 1.5 hours long, once a week. Our classes are only conducted on Saturdays and Sundays at selected DAS Learning Centres.

8. Which DAS Learning Centre offer the SDA Programme?
Currently, the SDA programme is available at Bedok and Bishan Learning Centres.

9. What are our Placement Procedures?
Parents may submit an application through the DAS website here. Once the application has been processed, the Programme Manager or SDA Teacher will contact the parent to discuss and find a suitable class for the child.

10. What is your teaching approach? 

We use the Orton-Gillingham Approach.
1) Language-based – Exposure to different texts to enhance students’ appreciation of the English language through Drama.
2) Cognitive-  the activities are crafted to engage their cognition e.g. creative story writing, roleplay, improvisation, memorising scripts, rehearsing and performing with movements and cues 
3) Structured, Sequential and Cumulative – includes direct and explicit instruction and has a different range of difficulty level for all activities 
4) Simultaneous multi-sensory - engage through stage and hand props, presentation of skills through multiple senses, eg. Using visual and aural cues
5) Diagnostic-prescriptive – Drama Instructors regularly assess students’ abilities and adapt activities according to the class dynamics.
6) Emotionally sound – Drama Instructors are trained in the special needs field who have a better understanding of our students’ needs and strengths.

11. My child has dyslexia but is not a student at DAS. Can he still enrol into the programme?
The SDA Programme is open to both non-DAS students and DAS Students. No formal diagnosis of dyslexia is required.

Call 6444 5700 for more information