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Drama in the performance of texts is one of the most compelling of language learning resources…This book offers a wealth of preparatory activities, suggestions for varied ways of using the text and helpful suggestions for follow-up.   —Alan Maley, teacher, trainer, founder of The C Group, and author of Drama Techniques

A treasure trove of teaching ideas, covering areas like pronunciation, grammar, pragmatics, discussion themes.  —Charlyn Wessels Dyers, author of Drama in the Oxford Resource Series for Teachers

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Her Own Worst Enemy is an English language textbook that teaches spoken communication skills through the performance of a one-act play. Whether it’s reader’s theater, an in-class performance, or a full production, putting on a play is the ultimate group project. And drama is a powerful tool for learning spoken communication skills! Students take on acting skills like using body language, gesture, intonation, and other non-verbal cues to communicate better. They are exposed to natural language in a realistic setting. And they become engaged and motivated to learn!

Inside find everything you need to help students prepare to do the play, whether it be as reader’s theatre, a classroom performance, or a full production. Activities and resources include:

  • Background readings on the topic of the play: choosing a career in STEM vs. the liberal arts. Readings include vocabulary and discussion questions.
  • An original one-act play written for ELLs about Aida, a high-school senior who wants to study science and get a practical in-demand job. But when she gets a chance to audition for a prestigious theatre school, she has to make a choice! Is Aida her own worst enemy?
  • Pragmatics lesson on how to give encouragement, including guided role plays.
  • Drama games, such as improv and a word and sentence stress pronunciation activity
  • Scaffolding to prepare students to produce a play including
    • Lessons on attentive listening
    • Guided questions to analyze the play
    • Ideas for auditioning, learning a part, and marking scripts for emotional content to improve line readings.
    • Tips for staging a play
  • Post-Performance Activities, including a talkback, a mini-debate, writing a new scene or even a sequel or mining the play for useful language
  • An optional research paper assignment on careers of the future
  • Assessment rubrics and an answer key

Your students will look forward to class with this innovative resource that utilizes drama in language teaching!

What are you waiting for? The play’s the thing!

 Preview Her Own Worst Enemy

  • Take a look inside by downloading the Table of Contents and Preview.
  • Listen to the play performed scene by scene on our podcast on SoundCloud or wherever you listen to podcasts. Just search for “Integrated Skills Through Drama”

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Find more books in the Integrated Skills Through Drama series and browse all our resources for doing drama with students.

Additional information

Weight 7.4 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 11 × .25 in



9781948492034, 9781948492126

Publication Date

28 March 2018




72 pages


8.5 x 11 inches



Age Group

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Answer Key

Her Own Worst Enemy Answer Key

Extension Ideas

How to Organize a Mini-Debate One of the suggestions for post-performance activities in the book is a mini-debate. It’s a great way to have students grapple with the theme of the play, work with language, and practice the pragmatics of persuasion. Suggested topics for Her Own Worst Enemy include:

  • Who should choose what a student majors in? Or what a young person’s career should be?
  • Should you pursue your talents or your interests?
    Should Aida study acting or science?
  • Agree or Disagree: Studying Liberal Arts is a waste of time.
  • Agree or Disagree: Science without a sense of history and ethics is dangerous.

How to Do Readers Theater  Reader’s Theater is a great way to practice pronunciation and pragmatics with a minimum of preparation. Students can also being analyzing the script and rehearse for a full-production. Here’s some things to take into consideration as you do Reader’s Theater in class.

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5 Replies to “Her Own Worst Enemy”

  1. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Great resource for a 4-6 week module
    I teach in an IEP with 6-week long sessions. We always need electives to teach students and this one is going to be very appealing. We’ve started working on it and students are really excited to be putting on a play. I think 6 weeks will be enough to take them to a full staged play, and there are a lot of suggestions and help for students to rehearse. If not, we can do a performance with scripts. I love all the activities on pragmatics and sentence stress, and the way students are encouraged to think about body language and speaking with emotion. All very applicable to their speaking skills in general! Really great creative project, with a lot more substance to it than you might think!

  2. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    I bought this book to use with my high-intermediate ESL students to work on their fluency and intonation. I’ve found it to be a fun way to get the students speaking and learning about pragmatics. Even students who feel nervous to speak in English, can gain confidence when they have a script in front of them. This text has engaging activities that students of all ages and backgrounds can have fun with. I’m excited to use this text in my class and think theater will be a great way to get the students to participate.

  3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Her Own Worst Enemy is a fun way for students to explore the journey from family life to college and adullthood. Aida must not only navigate her own dreams but also those of her parents. Her parents wishes are not what she wants to do. Students can learn useful langage for encouraging and explaining and there is great potential to work on emotional interactions, something few students get to do.

  4. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
    This “serious comedy” is about a girl who wants to go into a STEM career but her parents want her to become an actress. I tried it with some intermediate students at the end of my conversation class last semester, and my students had a good time playing with the role reversals. They seemed to find value in the process and even met on the weekends to rehearse, which I did not expect. We did the play with script in hand, and they were still able to capture some of the intonation and emotional expressions. (I had not realized how different language sounds when it is delivered with emotion!)
    We didn’t have a lot of time, but we tried out a few of the activities provided by the book, and I was especially interested in the pragmatics section, which is an exploration of the social skills at work in conversations. I learned a lot that I had not thought about regarding the strategies that people use to get what they want when talking to others. For example, there is a funny scene in which the father is trying to talk his daughter into auditioning at a famous acting, and she is resisting.
    In sum, I can recommend this book for any intermediate and above ESOL teacher who wants to have a fun time with their students and work on pronunciation and conversation skills at the same time.

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