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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!
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|Dimensions||8.5 × 11 × .25 in|
28 March 2018
8.5 x 11 inches
Preview Her Own Worst Enemy
- Table of Contents
- Listen to the play performed scene by scene on our podcast on Soundcloud or wherever you listen to podcasts
- Buy the full uninterrupted audio performance to download.
Here are some free downloadable resources you can use with the book. Have you come up with your own great idea for an activity that works with Her Own Worst Enemy? Send it to us. If we use it, we’ll send you a discount coupon good for any of our titles.
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.