Drama as a teaching tool

When I started teaching ESOL at Telford College of Arts and Technology, England, almost eight years ago, I conducted an ESOL conversation class where I carried out numerous drama activities, sometimes culminating in staged productions. ‘The Robbery,’ a one act play and ‘The Trap,’ an original dance drama were staged consecutively before a 500-plus strong … More Drama as a teaching tool

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Secret pleasures

English teachers have simple, secret pleasures in the classroom. There is elegance in an idiom phrased naturally. There is music in a grammatical structure executed to the T. There is power in an articulate expression. There is relief in a question elicited confidently. And when there is humour, teaching is indeed a good career.