Teachers' Notes

Bridget's Plan -  6 to 9 years

Banality Show - 10 to 13 years

 

Midsummer Madness - 14 years and above

 

Fairy Tale Soup - 3 t 6 years

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Duration: 60 minutes

85% or 100% in English

Ages: 6 to 9 years

Themes -  Our main aim is to encourage your students to learn English and tell them a story which we hope will motivate them in their other studies. We also hope to inspire them to love books and reading in general. In addition, we try to encourage them to take a stand against injustice. Our story includes the following themes:

 

  • The importance of learning

  • The love of reading

  • The fight against ignorance

  • Friendship

  • The abuse of power

  • The fight against injustice

  • Caring for each other

Language and vocabulary areas centre around:

  • School and Learning:  library, librarian, blackboard, studying, languages, spelling...

  • Skills:  good at.... bad at... useless at... brilliant at... terrible at...

  • Abilities: Can you speak languages?  How many languages can you speak?

  • Books:  Travel, poetry, literature, etc... I love reading books about... 

  • Adjectives:  easy, difficult, intelligent, legal, magic, marvellous...

  • Important verbs:  think, build, clean, destroy, save, look for, speak..

  • Question words:  what / where /why / who? / how?

Material for the Classroom: This includes language practice such as:

 

  • Comprehension practice with synopses, questions on scene extracts, true/false questions, etc.

  • Vocabulary practice and + reinforcement with flashcards, multiple choice, drawing pictures, crossword, word soup, etc.

  • Language practice  with CAN YOU - GOING TO - GOOD AT - BAD AT....Likes and dislikes: I love reading. I hate reading.

 

Some exercises are easier than others and we have graded the exercises either Level 1 (easy) or Level 2 (not so easy) so you can choose appropriate activities for your class or individual students.

Bilingualism or 100% English – You Choose:

In the bilingual option, English is the main language (between 85% and 90%) as many teachers prefer to have a little bit of Spanish in the play to boost understanding. This allows us to create more interesting and diverse stories with a bigger variety of characters without leaving behind those children with less knowledge of English. Please note that the use of bilingualism in "Bridget's Plan" is a natural and integral part of the story. 

 

100% English -  Teachers can also choose to see the play TOTALLY in English.  NOTE: It is important to highlight the 100% option when you make  a booking.

 

 

Download a SAMPLE of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

Click HERE to download the SONGS

 

Duration:  60 minutes

85% or 100% in English

Ages: 10 to 13 years

OUR OBJECTIVES

 

Our primary aim is to entertain your students with a sharp, funny and fast-moving script as well as providing them with a worthwhile language-learning experience.  In addition, we hope to introduce young audiences to the concept of parody and satire in theatre.

  

Banality Show takes a satirical look at a certain type of reality show, the likes of “Big Brother”,  featuring would-be celebrities who seek instant fame and fortune.  Our aim is to ridicule the contestants’ bad behaviour whilst highlighting positive values such as respect, generosity, the desire to learn and hard work.

VALUES and THEMES

Apart from entertaining our audiences, we also hope they will be motivated to discuss and think about the following themes:-

 

  • The superficial culture we live in behind this type of reality shows 

  • The widespread desire to become famous

  • Fashion and appearance

  • Materialism and consumerism

  • Bullying and Peer Pressure

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MATERIAL FOR THE CLASSROOM: The material is intended to familiarize the students with the story as well as the important vocabulary and grammatical constructions.  We concentrate on key areas using...

 

  • Comprehension Practice on the Characters, the Story and exercises such as multiple choice, true/false questions, gap-fillers.

  • Vocabulary Practice. We offer practice and reinforcement through games, crosswords, word soups, comprehension checks, etc.

  • Ideas and Activities to use in the classroom after seeing play to help develop writing, communication and drama skills.

 

BILINGUALISM or 100% ENGLISH – You Choose: 

 

In the bilingual option, English is the main language (aournd 85%) as many teachers prefer to have a little Spanish in the play to boost understanding. Please note that the small inclusion of Spanish a natural and integral part of the story. 

100% English -  Teachers can also choose to see the play totallyin English.  Most teachers from the biingual system prefer this option. 

 

NOTE: It is important to highlight the 100% option when you make  booking.

STUDENT PARTICIPATION:  Early on in the play the TV presenter directly involves the audience by asking the spectators to vote for their favourite contestant.  Then they are asked to vote for a second time towards the end when only two contestants remain. This time their votes will decide who will win the competition.

 

EXAMPLES OF AREAS OF LANGUAGE

 

  • Adjectives: serious - talented - difficult - boring - extrovert

  • Rules + Giving orders: must - mustn't - can - can't - have to

  • Comparing:  - You're not as beautiful as me.

  • The Future:  You're going to be a star.... I'll be the leader

  • Past Simple:  When did you meet Elvis? 

 

Download a SAMPLE of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

​​Ages:  from 14 years up to Bachillerato

Duration:  60 minutes

100% in English

A free version of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” by William Shakespeare

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream", probably the Shakespeare’s best-known comedy, has been staged countless times since it premiered around 1595 and has inspired over twenty film and TV adaptations as well as four ballets and many musical compositions.  The play’s popularity is largely due to its unique combination of love, magic, and mischief, in addition to plenty of comic relief.  All these elements make it very attractive to adolescent audiences. 

   

Our version focuses on the central storyline of the original play, that is the young nobles’ escapade in the magical wood where they fall victim to the magical powers of the fairies. We also feature the conflict between the King and Queen of Fairies, Oberon and Titania, and  the highly comical Bottom, a working class character who provides a lovely contrast to the nobles and the royal fairies.

The Language: Two Types of English   We are aware that Shakespearean English could be difficult for Spanish audiences. As such, we have simplified parts of the play in order to facilitate understanding. The young nobles (the four lovers), Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena, speak in a more modern style of English, while the fairies, Puck, Oberon and Titania, use Shakesperean language. This helps distinguish between the mundane human world and the world of magic. Also, when the two young men become subject to magic spells, their speech changes to the poetical language of Shakespeare as they are transported into a supernatural domain.  

​Material for the Classroom   It is important for your students to work on this material before seeing the play. We provide key comprehension work on both the story and the characters as well as articles and exercises on the play's structure (to help them appreciate how it enhances meaning), its background (to clarify how social order worked in the 16th century and how belief in the supernatural was commonplace), and its  themes of love,  social class, the irrational versus the rational, and the supernatural.

 

We also provide language work to help students reinforce and learn vocabulary, as well as several extracts with accompanying comprehension exercises.

 

 

Download a SAMPLE of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

 

Ages: 3 to 6 years

Duration: 45 minutes

80% or 100% in English

Fairy tales are universal and have formed part of our childhood for many generations. Their diversity is enriching and they provide important moral codes that teach children about the duality of human nature, between good and evil, which we hope is reflected in our story.

 

Our young spectators will greatly enjoy the ingredients we have chosen for Fairy Tale Soup: Puss-in Boots, Prince Charming, The Wicked Queen, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf, all lovingly stirred by Layla, our little protagonist with whom the young children can accompany on her exciting journey. 

Our tale includes music and a lots of interaction. It also offers a marvellous opportunity to learn English in a fun and exciting way.

 

Themes: We also highlight the importance of the following themes: FRIENDSHIP / RESPECTING  DIFFERENCES / KINDNESS /  TAKING CARE OF BOOKS

 

Bilingualism or 100% English – You Choose: In the bilingual option, English is the main language (around 80%) but as the spectators are very young, we include a little Spanish in the play to boost understanding. This allows us to create more interesting and diverse stories with a bigger variety of characters without leaving behind the youngest children.

 

100% English:  Nonetheless, teachers can also choose to see the play TOTALLY in English. It is important to highlight that option when you make a booking.

Areas of Language:

 

PARTS OF THE BODY (ears, eyes, hands, nos, legs, teeth, moustache)

SCHOOL:   (pencil, pencil case, eraser, book, scissors)

​SOME COLOURS (brown, red, pink, black)

SIMPLE ADJECTIVES: (good, bad, horrible, magic, big, little, pretty, afraid)

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE: (How are you?; What’s your name?; Let's go; 

I don't understand; Come on; What's the matter? etc.)

NUMBERS:  (1 to 10)

The Classroom Material includes:

  • FLASHCARDS of the important vocabulary

  • ACTIVITIES and IDEAS on how to use these flashcards

  • ACTIVITY BOOK to colour in, to draw in and for general practice

  • Tokens to play BINGO, a game to practise the vocabulary

Download a Scene from the play

Download a Sample of the teachers’ materials.  (When you make your booking, you will receive the full pack.)

  • Shows performed in YOUR SCHOOL

  • Máx. nº of children per session: 150

  • Up to three shows in one day

Tel: 912 608 005 / 637 684 878

E-mails: info@lingua-arts.com  / reservas@lingua-arts.com

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