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Book of the month - August & September 2016

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English through Drama – Creative activities for inclusive ELT classes

Susan Hillyard, Helbling Languages;

978-3-9904-5409-1

This book about teaching English through drama is aimed at teachers with challenging students. The introduction describes the benefits which drama can bring to vulnerable learners, and lists the varying needs of students with learning difficulties. Chapter one covers classroom management techniques, like giving clear instructions. The long central chapter contains over seventy activities, divided into four sections: ideas related to moving the body, voice development, group dynamics and fluency.

The final two chapters provide six lesson plans and eight original mini-scripts. The author draws on research and her own vast experience. The book contains many creative ideas and techniques, including improvisation and mime. It moves beyond ELT. The key message, to embrace equality and diversity and change lives through drama, packs an emotional punch.