To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

Now that you’ve got the basic things prepared (classroom, characters, props and student attitude), you’ll want to make very clear to your students that this is not a random activity. “Art loves order,” Stanislavsky told us in his work with actors. Make sure you have order in the basic structure of your class to allow the … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

  In this part I concentrate on the development of characters that your students can (and should!) pretend to be, so that it is not them speaking but someone else, an important step towards developing their target language personality. The stock characters Stock characters have been the basis of improvised drama for centuries. From the 3rd … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Three: Stock Characters

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up

Second part of that long blog post on working in pairs. It begins with the physical setup of your classroom, then continues with the first of several materials you’ll want to have on hand. Setting up a pair-work classroom Arrange the semi-circle Classrooms can seem pretty boring places. Desks lined up in rows, students looking at … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Two: Setting Up