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Using Plays to
Teach All Skills
Jessica Montgomerie
University of Denver
- 5 levels plus GPP
- Basic offered occasionally
-10 week term, 25 class hours per week
The Play’s the Thing!
Sherlock Holmes: Two Plays
• Oxford University Press
• Leveled reader Stage 1
• Two one act plays
Introducing Scene 1
1. Pre-reading activities
2. Students read silently
3. Comprehension check
4. Students read aloud in s...
Which words from Scenes 1-4 did you find
again in Scenes 5 and 6?
examination, worried, suddenly, gentlemen
New vocabulary...
Continuing the Play
Students think and discuss
– predict what action will follow
– describe characters
– share opinions on...
2. Who was the new character in Scene 5?
The new character in Scene 5 was McLaren.
3. What did he do?
He told the gentleme...
Action!Action!
Write a new ending for the play.
What happened after Holmes and
Watson left the college? What did
Bannister and Gilchrist ...
Holmes: (taking Gilchrist to jail) Don’t try that
again. Bannister, I know you are loyal for
Gilchrist family, but you sho...
Writing Activity / Test
Choose a character and write a paragraph
about him. Tell me:
• What is his job? His nationality?
•...
Skill-building  
Scenes 3-5;
vocabulary
 
Review the
whole story;
assess
 
Weeks 1- 5 of 10   Week 7 of 10   Week 9 of 10 ...
jessica.montgomerie@du.edu
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You can use plays at the beginning level as a great way to integrate language skills. It's a fun way to develop vocabulary, apply reading skills and strategies, increase confidence, and get the whole class engaged.

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Using Plays to Teach ESL

  1. 1. Using Plays to Teach All Skills Jessica Montgomerie University of Denver
  2. 2. - 5 levels plus GPP - Basic offered occasionally -10 week term, 25 class hours per week
  3. 3. The Play’s the Thing!
  4. 4. Sherlock Holmes: Two Plays • Oxford University Press • Leveled reader Stage 1 • Two one act plays
  5. 5. Introducing Scene 1 1. Pre-reading activities 2. Students read silently 3. Comprehension check 4. Students read aloud in small groups
  6. 6. Which words from Scenes 1-4 did you find again in Scenes 5 and 6? examination, worried, suddenly, gentlemen New vocabulary words: doorway, visitors, often 1. When do you feel worried? Same like him, I feel worried for an examination because I want to memorize all of the information.
  7. 7. Continuing the Play Students think and discuss – predict what action will follow – describe characters – share opinions on characters’ choices
  8. 8. 2. Who was the new character in Scene 5? The new character in Scene 5 was McLaren. 3. What did he do? He told the gentlemen go away! He was unpolite and angry. 4. What do you think about his actions? I think he must respect for professor and detective. May be he doesn’t speak because did some bad thing. May be he took the exam papers.
  9. 9. Action!Action!
  10. 10. Write a new ending for the play. What happened after Holmes and Watson left the college? What did Bannister and Gilchrist say to each other? What will they do next?
  11. 11. Holmes: (taking Gilchrist to jail) Don’t try that again. Bannister, I know you are loyal for Gilchrist family, but you should give him advise. Bannister: I’m sorry Mr. Holmes. I won’t do that again. Watson: (looking Holmes) This is an interesting story, you can write the story and send it to the newspaper. Soames: Thank you Mr. Holmes and Watson for help me. Holmes: You’re welcome. This is my job.
  12. 12. Writing Activity / Test Choose a character and write a paragraph about him. Tell me: • What is his job? His nationality? • What is he like? (clever, hardworking, polite, honest) • What does he do in the story? • Why is he an interesting person? Characters: Daulat Ras Dr. Watson Gilchrist Bannister Sherlock Holmes Hilton Soames Miles McLaren
  13. 13. Skill-building   Scenes 3-5; vocabulary   Review the whole story; assess   Weeks 1- 5 of 10   Week 7 of 10   Week 9 of 10   Week 6 of 10   Week 8 of 10   Week 10 of 10 Begin the play; Scenes 1-2   Scenes 6-8; write a scene   Practice and perform the play
  14. 14. jessica.montgomerie@du.edu Slideshow and handouts: http://slideshare.com

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