Multi-level classroom issues
How do you keep your best students from getting bored without leaving the others behind in a multi-level classroom? For example, do you have 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.
The perfect tool for multi-level classes with children
Here is a perfect tool for a multi-level classroom. It improves speaking fluency and confidence and bonds pupils in all classrooms. So please try this gift of a simple play skit. Use it with 2 to 15 children. That said, if you have more than 15 kids in your class, please divide them into smaller groups and make your best students team leaders.
Now hear from teachers using this solution
Dana Perez, Jilin, China says:
“This was a school favorite, 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. In addition, they all vied for a chance to be the driver.”
Download the free skit
Here you may download a free play script for beginners, although you may adapt it to higher levels. The script below is simple and repetitive and suitable for complete beginners. That said, it’s best to give the best student the role of the bus driver. Of course, you may 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! Please see the comments just below this blog if you need help. Feel free to ask me any questions there, or email me!
Download your free play skit here
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
PS For further reading multilevel classes, please see this helpful post on ESL multilevel activities.
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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.
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?
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.
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