Here’s a review of Her Own Worst Enemy, the first in a series of plays with curriculum options. I do hope people “play” with it.
The latest offering from Alphabet Publishing looks like a great resource for bringing drama into the language classroom. Her Own Worst Enemy is written by Alice Savage, a Professor of ESOL in Texas who has previous publications with Longman and OUP.
The book is based around a short one-act play. A complete curriculum is built around the play (pitched at ‘low intermediate to high intermediate’ level), including:
- preparation tasks such as discussions, background reading, understanding pragmatics and attentive listening practice
- the script itself along with post-reading discussion questions
- a step-by-step production section which helps learners analyse the play, learn their lines, get into character, and develop pronunciation skills for their performance
- post-performance tasks including debates, follow up tasks and resources for peer and teacher feedback
The deal-breaker for me with a resource like this is whether the play is actually engaging. Can I see my learners…
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