Great strategy for multi-level English classes

kids performing in skit for multi-level English class
02 Apr Shelley Vernon 5 Comments

How do you keep your best students from getting bored without leaving the others behind?


Have you got some super bright students who are ahead of the others? Or perhaps you have a student who speaks English at home? While you can't pitch your English class to these students, you shouldn't just ignore them, because they already know the lesson.


Here is a perfect tool in a multi-level class. It improves speaking fluency and confidence, and bonds pupils in all classrooms.


This is a gift of a simple play skit. Use it with 2 to 15 children. If you have more than 15 kids in your class, please divide them into smaller groups and head each group one of your best students as the team leader.


Download your free play skit here


Dana Perez, Jilin, China says:


"It was a favorite of the school, especially when new students entered the class. It was inclusive, non-competitive and the students who knew the lines modeled them before the new students had their turns. And they all vied for a chance to be the driver."


Here you may download a free play script for beginners. This script is very simple and repetitive. Give the best student the role of the bus driver. Add extra lines for all the students who can cope with more, and keep the basic script for the bulk of the class.


Adapt it to the level you need! If you need help with that, please see the comments just below this blog. Ask me any questions there, or email me!


I'll be glad to help.


I hope you enjoy the free play! I'm here to help if you need me.


All the best

Shelley Ann Vernon

Keywords: skit, play, drama, theatre, role play, role-play


To make the skit harder for students with more English, add adjectives, adverbs, interjections and extra phrases. For example, "Oh come on! You are so slow, we are never going to get to school on time." Or: "What a loser! How could you forget your bag? You bring it to school every day!" The language you could add to this skit is unlimited. I will help you if you are stuck. Just ask! In fact it's much harder to write a very simple skit, that is still interesting, than one with more complicated language.
Hi. I am an English teacher. I have a lot of experience. I have been teaching English for 9 years. I live in Spain, i would like to move to China to work as an English teacher. Could you help me to find a school near Hong kong in Zhejian province? Warm Regards. Lídia.
Hello there Lidia, Thanks for your comment. The best place to find ESL teaching jobs is on Linked IN. There are absolutely loads of schools and agencies advertising for teachers. So check it out! All the best, Kind regards, Shelley
My 8-rears-old students really loved your drama. They found it funny, engaging and motivating. For me it's very important that your skits and drama scripts could be easily extended, as I teach classes of 20 students.
Dear Barbara, Hello and thank you so much for your comment. I am so glad that your students enjoys my skits. Yes, all the skits can be used with variable numbers of participants. Also, check this blog post, where a teacher uses the skits with larger classes, and lets them work on them more autonomously in small groups. All the best Shelley

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