Only the Best Intentions
teaches students key communication skills such as pragmatics while they produce an original one-act play. It is a complete module that is flexible and adaptable and can take one week or one month, depending on how you handle the performance and how much of the supplemental materials you do.
What's The Play About?
What will They Learn
As students prepare to perform the play, they will practice many skills, including:
* Pronunciation Practice: Sentence stress
* Pragmatics Practice: Consoling someone
* Production Skills: Learning a part and staging plays for students
* Attentive Listening: esports vs. real sports
* Readings on the growing world of esports, the realities of having a gamer in the family, and family life in the age of screens.
* Debate and Discussion: What are esports? How do they compare to other sports? * How is technology affecting family and social lives?
* Creative Writing
Find free resources, including the Answer Key, and extension ideas at: The Only the Best Intentions page
Only the Best Intentions
is part of the Integrated Skills Through Drama series
that teaches communication skills, as well as creative and academic writing, while students read and analyze an original one-act play on an important and relevant issue that touches their lives.
This book is also available as an ebook
Reviews for the Integrated Skills Through Drama Series
I can say without hesitation that teachers and students will find the series Integrated Skills through Drama, of which this book forms part, a treasure trove of teaching ideas, covering areas like pronunciation, grammar, pragmatics, discussion themes and a host of suggested activities, all built around a short play.
—Charlyn Wessels Dyers, Author of Drama in the Oxford Resource Series for Teachers (full review here)
Drama in the performance of texts is one of the most compelling of language learning resources. It develops pronunciation, grammar and conversational skills, provides spin-off into writing, offers unlimited repetition without boredom—and most importantly, fosters the creation of a learning community through co-operative ensemble work. This book offers a wealth of preparatory activities, suggestions for varied ways of using the text and helpful suggestions for follow-up. What are we waiting for? “The play’s the thing . . .”
Her Own Worst Enemy is a fun play to produce, but it’s not just a play. It is actually a complete curriculum. You’ve got all the skills and guidance for adapting it to different levels, language goals, and time frames. Best of all, it offers a dynamic classroom experience. Students and teachers will look forward to coming to class!
—Joy Lindsey, Rice University
This is a really well-structured drama resource that I’m excited to try out in the classroom! There is a real humanistic feel about the author’s approach, with a whole range of activities encouraging learners to share personal responses, explore the emotions of others and really engage with the themes and characters in the play.
— Peter Clements, British Council
Her Own Worst Enemy provides an outstanding creative platform to be used in the English language learning classroom. With a comprehensive and flexible package of supporting materials, educators are encouraged to tailor the lessons to best meet the communicative needs of learners. The specific focus on pragmatics also presents an excellent opportunity for students to identify and practice key skills in one of the more challenging areas of communication.
— Scott Granville, Co-founder, Chasing Time English
Students will have a blast portraying the characters in this comedy about a talented young actress who does not want to act. The story unfolds in a believable way, and the dialogue gives a sense of what really happens when family members and friends try to be “helpful.”
—Jennifer Delapp, ESL teacher and tutor, Denver Colorado