Mark Almond

Teaching English with Drama


How to use drama and plays when teaching – for the professional English language teacher

How to use drama to get your students talking, motivate them and increase their confidence inside and outside of the English Language Teaching classroom.

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Are you confident in your student’s ability speaking English outside of a carefully controlled classroom? Do some of your students lack confidence speaking and participating in class? Teaching English with Drama is a fun and creative solution to motivate and engage all types of learners.

Taking on a character and getting into a role can help students to feel less self-conscious and give them more confidence. Teaching English with Drama involves real communication and emotion. It means that students have to think on their feet and use their natural instincts as in real life situations.

Working in a group towards the same goal also encourages learners to support one another and problem solve which are invaluable language skills. A conventional classroom context does not facilitate these skills easily. Teaching English with Drama gives a pragmatic context for listening by using language in operation.

Using drama puts more responsibility and accountability on the learner rather than the teacher.

This book will show you how to teach English language students using drama and plays and with theatre techniques. It covers how to plan class work, choose appropriate texts and a range of drama activities and exercises which are easily adaptable. It also discusses using classic plays and suggested characters, as well as providing resources beyond the textbook.


This book is aimed at all English language teachers who want to motivate and engage their students by utilising drama as part of their teaching.


ISBN: 9781898789116
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 28 November 2013

Section one: Why use drama?
1. The benefits of acting skills for EFL/ESL learners and teachers
2. The play: a step-by-step guide, from choosing to performing

Section two: Exercises
3. Name-learning games and physical warm-ups
4. Concentration, trustwork and group dynamic-building exercises
5. Vocal warm-ups, voice development and all areas of pronunciation
6. Fluency, spontaneity and creativity


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