"Act it out!"

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"Act it out!"

  1. 1. ACT YOUR WORDS! Mary Lamas “Teaching English for Life” GRETA Annual Conference 18 October 2013
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES • • • • • To promote drama activities in class To explain why & its advantages To suggest when to integrate them To give options as to where we can develop them To offer examples as to what types of activities we can do/ create • To share my own experience as to how I’ve done it!
  3. 3. Why? • It helps self-confidence & sociability • It enhances pronunciation (fluency, intonation, stress patterns, rhythm) • It develops communication strategies • It conveys cultural aspects
  4. 4. When? • • • • At any stage of the learning process To practise a challenging linguistic aspect To consolidate a particular topic area To have fun!!!
  5. 5. Where? • • • • Anywhere really! Classroom vs assembly hall Indoors vs outdoors On the Internet! http://make.tv/en/
  6. 6. What? • • • • A short sketch An individual speech A proper performance A musical!!!
  7. 7. How? • Practising the different aspects of pronunciation: – Breathing: youtube.com – Foreign sounds: BBC tips , National Theatre , Tonguetwisters – Intonation: Q&As – Rhythm & stress patterns: monologues
  8. 8. Imagination • • • • • • Wrap it up! Uses of a… cloth Keep a stray dog Continue the story Story dance Bags more: explore , activities , drama
  9. 9. Spontaneity • Mime exercises: universal emotions, sculpture gallery, walks of life • Sketch situations: the hitch-hiker… • “Yes & No” expressions • Conversation fillers
  10. 10. Culture • Watch & discuss CLIPS from: – Series – Soap operas  Act it out! Explore BOOKS about the hidden rules of national behaviour:  grooming weather talk
  11. 11. • Questions?? THANK YOU!!! marylamas.10@gmail.com

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