Drama is a powerful tool to teach verbal and nonverbal communication skills, such as intonation, pronunciation, prosody, pragmatics, and body language. Only the Best Intentions is a full coursebook built around an original one-act play written with English-language learners in mind. Designed for maximum flexibility, this communication skills course can take from one week to three months. It can be the basis of a drama unit, run as a drama club or speaking/oracy skills elective class.
Unlike the print version, this pdf version is photocopiable!
What's The Play About?
Gigi and Oskar plan to marry and open a café. Until Gigi discovers that her fiancé really wants to be a professional video game player.She's now sure if that a viable career or just an excuse to play on the computer all day. Her little brother, her mother, and her grandmother all have advice for her but ultimately Gigi will have to figure out what to do about her relationship on her own.
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 under Resources. Also check out https://www.alphabetpublishingbooks.com/scripts for more ideas on teaching with drama.
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 is the second book in this series, which includes plays with activities, readings, and support for lesson planning. I like that Only the Best Intentions is not too didactic. It may bother some people that the conclusion is a little open-ended, but the gaming/soccer dynamic could foster great discussions in...There are very few high-quality short plays that work for ESOL or EFL students, and I’m hoping that this series continues to grow.
— Anonymous Amazon Buyer
A great addition to any ESL library and a pedagogically sound model for teaching English through drama. The book can be used in several ways, including using the play as-is or using various parts. A range of activities, in addition to the play, focus on multiple skills and sub-skills including fluency speaking, vocabulary and idiomatic phrases, attentive listening, expressing emotion through gesture and intonation, pragmatics, connected speech, contrastive stress in sentences, brainstorming and writing.
— C. Reese
The natural conversation in the play uses high frequency vocabulary which makes it appropriate for even lower levels of English learners. Most of all, the students have fun performing the play! I can’t wait to use this one in class and hope Savage keeps writing plays.
It's great to see authors creating materials to get students really using their language skills. The students can also relate with the characters very current problems, especially Oscar's addiction to video games. makes for great discussion.
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 . . .”