First of all thank you for writing such inspiring books full of brilliant ideas, games and activities. I have been teaching for years, but I was stuck in a drill with my usual games and activities and I needed new ideas to boost my lessons. Luckily last year I discovered your books and now I really enjoy using your games and my students enjoy playing and having fun while learning.
I particularly love the idea of using drama in my English classes and I must that I’m impressed with the positive influence it has on my students. It really motivates them and when running between classes I have seen my students practising the skits in the schoolyard and speaking English (or at least trying) during recess. I can’t tell you how proud it made me feel. I can add that my colleagues were quite impressed when they saw my students rehearsing the plays. They noticed the children's fluency and confidence when speaking English. The students were so much at ease and knew all the lines so well that they could also put an effort into the acting part and they obviously enjoyed performing in front of an audience.
My students enjoyed the experience so much that they have already asked to do more skits next year and they now come up with ideas for skits to invent together. It is true pleasure to see them use their imagination while learning English and taking an active part in the learning process.
Last week I worked with some of the children again. I had just explained an activity and asked as I always do " Are you ready?" My students replied " Yes" and one of the boys turned to his friends and asked " Are you REALLY , REALLY sure?" as they had learned when rehearsing "Ready, Steady, Go" and everyone burst into laughter. He obviously still knew all the lines from the skit despite of two months of lock down.
Another great thing about using your skits is that the children try to use the expressions when talking to me even though it doesn't always come out grammatically correct. For instance, on a cold and rainy day, when we were getting ready to go another class room for a rehearsal of "Cold Weather", one of my students would ask me: "Put on your coat?" using a typical French intonation for a question. Of course he didn't get it right, but he tried to use English in a real conversation and he did it in naturally feeling confident and happy about his own achievement.