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.

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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



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


MOE School Projects

  • Assumption Pathway School (APS)
  • Canossa Catholic Primary School
  • CHIJ ST Theresa Secondary School
  • Eunos Primary School

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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).  


The Speech and Drama Arts Programme is supported by Care & Share. 


Care & Share is a national fund-raising and volunteerism movement led by Community Chest for the social service sector, in celebration of SG50 this year. It aims to bring our nation together to show care and concern for the needy and recognise the contributions made by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). Eligible donations raised by Community Chest and participating VWOs from now till 31 Mar 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government. The matched amount will go towards building the capabilities and capacities of the social service sector and supporting social services to meet rising needs


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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:





Speech and Drama Arts Trial Class is open for registration


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Trial Class Details - Registration for Term 4 now open!

For Primary to Lower Secondary Levels

Click here to register

Trial Class Intake - Term 4

Date: 20 Nov 2021, Saturday
Time: 10 am to 11.30 am

Venue: Bedok Learning Centre

Level: P2 to P4

Trial Class Intake - Term 4

Date: 20 Nov 2021, Saturday
Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 pm

Venue: Bishan Learning Centre

Level: P3 to P5

Trial Class Intake - Term 4

Date: 21 Nov 2021, Sunday
Time: 10.30 am to 12.00 pm

Venue: Bishan Learning Centre

Level: P1 to P3

Trial Class Intake - Term 4

Date: 21 Nov 2021, Sunday
Time: 1 pm to 2.30 pm

Venue: Bishan Learning Centre

Level: P6 to Sec1



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






 More than 45 DAS students successfully put on a theatre performance of

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Lebih 45 murid disleksia jayakan persembahan teater 'Shakespeare 400', Berita Setempat - BeritaHarian.sg

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.

 Journey of the Legends, Ramayana 

குறையுள்ள பிள்ளைகளின் நிறைவான நாடகம்

குறையுள்ள பிள்ளைகளின் நிறைவான நாடகம்

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.



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