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Theatre Game of the Week #612-11-12

We've been doing a lot of physical games in the past few weeks. I thought I'd do one that is for vocals. A lot of local students have issues with speaking quietly when you ask them questions. Theatre games can be a great way to encourage speaking loudly and improve a student's public speaking skills. Public speaking is an important skill to learn, just think of all those horrible wedding toasts you've sat through...

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Theatre Game of the Week #54-11-12

Hong Kong kids in local schools have it bad... They're shoved into one classroom for an 8 hour period and put into a tiny desk. The teachers that teach the different subjects come in and out, preach to the kids for an hour on a microphone, and the kids are trapped inside this classroom with bars on the windows. I thought my high school sucked... And then I started teaching in band 3 schools over here. Active learning is really important as a tool in Hong Kong schools as it gives kids an opportunity to move around.

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Theatre Game of the Week #429-10-12

I think it's really important to learn things from your friends who are artists who are trained in different countries. You can find that there are similar games we all play that have different names and variations but are of the same root. There is a game in the US called Red Light/Green Light. We played it a lot as kids and in theatre classes used it as a basis for controlling the body from stopping and starting. In England I've heard friends refer to it as Giant's Treasure. In France it's called un, deux, tois, soleil. "A rose by any other name is just as sweet, no?"

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Theatre Game of the Week #322-10-12

This is an excellent game for vocabulary building and for days where you're focusing on physical movement. It's just like Telephone (or as some people call it Chinese Whispers) that you used to play as a kid but you use actions rather than whispering.

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Theatre Game of the Week #215-10-12

This is a group activity where you break a large number of students into teams. This also can be an improv exercise if you have a smaller group of 5 or less.

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Theatre Game of the Week #18-10-12

Someone left a comment on one of our blogs asking for weekly theatre games and activities that can be used in the ESL classroom. Ask and you shall receive!

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