This is our landing page to learn more about our plays for students and other drama activities for ESL students! Looking for ways to do drama in the classroom? Keep reading!

The benefits of having students, particularly ESL students, read and perform scripts are numerous. They include practice with body language and gesture. Doing plays and drama activities in class leads to improved pronunciation and not just at the syllable level. Students start thinking about how to stress words, phrases, and whole sentences. They think about prosody features like intonation, rhythm, and volume instead of just “making the right sound”.

Plays and drama activities also increase ESL students’ awareness of pragmatics and how context changes how we communicate. They provide a safe space to practice as students are playing a role and give opportunities for improvisation and creativity. Finally plays develop, and the development of team work skills as students work together on a group project.

In short, by doing drama students gain tools to speak more effectively and clearly. They learn to express emotion and understand the emotions of others. They become better overall communicators in a variety of situations! That’s why we’ve developed three series of play scripts for students. Click on the series headers or titles to learn more about each one.

Integrated Skills Through Drama: More than Just Plays for Students

Our series of coursebooks designed to teach all four skills while using an original one-act play written for ESL students as input!

The Drama Book: Lesson Plans, Activities, and Scripts for Students

This teacher’s guide is designed for teachers who want to try drama in the classrooms but don’t know where to start. This book contains monologues, sketches, and scripts, as well as activities and teacher support—everything you need to go from drama games and pronunciation activities to a full production!

front cover of The Drama Book by Alice Savage


Short Plays for English Learners

Original short plays for students written for language learners. Each play highlights a key pragmatics point such as complaining or responding to a false accusation. The plays are highly engaging, but also feature realistic social contexts so students can practice language in authentic situations.

Silly Shakespeare for Students

Monty Python meets Roald Dahl meets William Shakespeare in these fun and witty adaptations of Shakespeare!

Resources for Putting on a Play

Guides to Doing Plays

Drama Activities for the ESL Classroom

Presentations I’ve Done

Pragmatics, Prosody, and other things that start with pr-

You can also visit our feed of posts tagged “drama” to keep up with the very latest posts on drama activities in the ESL

Wearing Someone Down

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