STC’s commitment to the community extends well beyond what happens on
stage. Since 2016 they have helped refugees, asylum seekers and migrants learn English through their donor-supported Connected program. Connected
uses drama to improve language and communication skills, focusing on using imaginative stories and folktales to explore character, place and meaning. Participants enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and find that learning English quickly becomes fun.
In addition to improving English language skills, Connected also aims to increase participants’ sense of social connectedness and wellbeing.
"It's a different way of learning," explains Connected Teaching
Artist and Western Sydney University lecturer Dr Rachael Jacobs. "We see so many different positive results. Students start using more complex
adjectives and longer sentences, but the other benefit is students start
to see their own creative potential, and think of future
They deliver the program in partnership with organisations including the Asylum Seekers Centre and MTC Australia. It evolved out of STC
Education’s unique and highly respected School Drama™ program, which
uses drama strategies to improve literacy in primary school students.
Kathyrn Salman, a trainer with MTC, sees the success of the program firsthand.
"Before Connected the students were very much reliant on a teacher-centred view, where I stand up and facilitate the lesson. Now they're more willing to help each other, to work together to get the answers, and communicate more with English. The program has been such a worthwhile experience. The students have got so much out of it and it's been great watching them grow."