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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
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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What are you waiting for? The play’s the thing!
Aida is planning to go to university and study science to get a practical in-demand job. However, there is a catch: Aida is a talented actress. When a famous theatre school invites her to audition for a spot, Aida’s friends and relatives are excited about the opportunity. Everyone has advice for her, but Aida must make her own decision about her future.
Her Own Worst Enemy is part of the Integrated Skills Through Drama series that teaches speaking and communication skills through the performance of a one-act play. This flexible curriculum is perfect for a class project, elective course, or drama club.
As students prepare to perform the play, they study intonation and pronunciation skills such as sentence and word stress for meaning. They learn about body language and gesture as ways to communicate. They analyze the script as a work of literature and also mine it for language and rhetorical strategies to encourage someone, give advice, tease a friend and respond to teasing and talking through an issue. And they learn to apply those strategies to their performance and to real-life situations. A variety of performance options are featured, including Reader’s Theater.
Background readings discussing the benefits of the Liberal Arts and STEM majors, as well as profiles of a computer programmer and an opera director round out the curriculum. A number of creative writing projects to rewrite the script, adapt the play, or even write a sequel allow you to extend the learning further.
This original drama-based coursebook is sure to engage and motivate your learners
Preview Her Own Worst Enemy
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Preview Her Own Worst Enemy
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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.