EdYOUfest, where I presented on using drama to teach speaking skills, was a lot of fun. The most striking feature of the conference is that it’s small (under 100 people) and that you are all sleeping, eating, and going to workshops in the same space. So there’s a lot of socialization, great discussions, laughter, and fun. There were drinks every night, dances on two of the four nights we were there, and an excursion up Glastonbury Tor. Someone commented on a tweet of mine about EdYOUfest, “Don’t you ever do any work?” So it’s easy to forget that EdYOUfest […]
We are honored to announce that Stories Without End by Taylor Sapp is a 2019 ELTons Awards Finalist in Innovation in English Language Teaching in Learner Resources. This book has been selected as a finalist by a panel of experts from among 150 international products, publications and services as meeting the stringent criteria for innovation and practical application. Winners of the 17th British Council ELTons Awards for Innovation in English Language Teaching will be announced at the award ceremony in central London on Monday 10 June 2019. Find out more or watch the live webcast at http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/eltons. About the […]
We’re thrilled to announce that Only the Best Intentions won an award from the English-Speaking Union, Runner-Up, Best Resource for Secondary to Adult Learners from the English-Speaking Union. A handful of pictures from the night courtesy of Gigi Gianella, the ESU photographer.
We are thrilled to announce that Only the Best Intentions by Alice Savage has been shortlisted for an English Language Award from the English-Speaking Union in the Resources for Secondary to Adult Learners category! The English Language Awards “celebrate and reward innovation and good practice in the field of English Language teaching.” It is awarded to original, quality resources that help students with oracy skills. And given how much we’ve learned about how students acquire spoken language and the realization that communication is more than just grammar and vocab, it’s wonderful that there is an English Language Award that recognizes materials that teach […]
As you may have gathered from our site, Facebook page, or Twitter, we have a new project out: The Fortune Series, a coursebook with a focus on pragmatics and speaking built around an original 6-episode video series for language learning. The drama, which resembles NCIS or Law and Order or any of those popular TV dramas, students are already watching, was created by the award-winning production team, Chasing Time. Some highlights of this original and innovation video series for language learning include: Material targeted at two levels: Fortune Blue for High Elementary/Pre-Intermediate learners (CEFR level A2) and Fortune Gold […]
If you haven’t visited our Integrated Skills Through Drama page lately, you might want to check it out. We’ve added a few useful new resources for teaching communication skills and pragmatics through the medium of a play. The resources on that page are intended to act as supplements for the plays in the ISTD series, Her Own Worst Enemy and Only the Best Intentions. However, you can use the lessons and activities alone or in conjunction with a different play or script. I’m particularly proud of our guide to doing Reader’s Theater, which tries to give a wide variety […]
I just wanted to share a kind review of Her Own Worst Enemy from Clare Mass, English Language Lecturer at Universität Trier, Joint Events Coordinator for MaWsIG, the IATEFL group for Materials Writers, and blogger at http://clareseltcompendium.wordpress.com/ I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard about this concept: Integrated skills through drama? A play that is a curriculum? But what a great idea! This book, Her Own Worst Enemy, for example, includes everything teachers need to introduce the key topics of the plot and to practise language whilst preparing to put on the play, as well as what to do afterwards […]