Plays give students the tools they need to speak more effectively. Or with more emotional impact. Or more persuasively. Or more clearly.  And in a world where so much language learning is done in isolation via apps or online tutors, coming to class, working on a fun project, and then showing off the results can be highly motivating and personally satisfying.

But fitting a play into the classroom can be a bit of a challenge. That’s why we’ve published Short Plays for English Learners, a series of 10-15 minute plays with engaging, page-turning plots that feature authentic situations and natural conversations. Use them as reader’s theater scripts or have your students put on full performances with the resources inside.

Short enough to work as a group project, but flexible and adaptable enough to fill a unit or even an elective class, this series of plays will help students gain communication skills that they can apply to their lives outside the classroom.

Short Plays for English Learners Books

A foodie drama about a chef done bad…and the immigrant who stands up to him
Has Lola found Mr. Right? Her family’s not so sure.
  • Strange Medicine: A mysterious professor rents a room from a single mother and her son. April 2019
  • Colorado Ghost Story: Trevor and Pippin have a midnight adventure in the wilderness. May 2019
  • Death Wish: Lari’s frequent accidents alarm her friends. June 2019

Each book features a preview activity, a pragmatics lesson, and tips for acting and producing a play, along with a glossary of theater terms. With a foreword by Steve Hirschhorn, these books are more than just a script; they are an adaptable and flexible lesson plan for a drama unit or fun class project!

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Take a look at a few sample activities and an excerpt of Just Desserts: Short Plays Preview

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Theater Handbook

Coming in 2019!

This teacher’s guide is designed for teachers who want to try drama in their English 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!


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