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Teaching large classes - Drama techniques in classroom
Teaching large classes with mixed abilities can be easy by using drama techniques. There are several drama techniques which can be applied in classroom in order to improve the students' knowledge of English language.
- Simulation Teacher divides students into the groups of four or five students. Each group should get a task to solve some problem (e.g. how to buy a ticket at the railway station, how to order a meal in the restaurant, how to ask someone for a date, ...). The students should prepare their own performance according to their abilities. Some of them will speak more, some less, but all of them will be involved in the simulation. These simulations are not long. They could be prepared and performed in one class.
- Pantomime Students are divided into 4 groups. Each group gets a task (e.g. incident in the bus, quarrel in the cinema, birthday surprise,...) and they should prepare a pantomime for the given task. After the pantomime performance of the first group, other students discuss about what they have seen.
- Improvisation Teacher tells a story. It can be a story from a textbook. Then the teacher divides students into groups and gives a task to each group. The task is to write and perform a different ending of the story. It would be nice if the story involves several characters. Then the students can act out those characters.