Teachers' Notes

Jacob and the Underworld -  6 to 9 years

Bertie - 10 to 13 years

A Difficult Woman - 14 years and above

Billy and the Six Bears - 3 to 6 years

 

Ages: 6 to 9 years

Duration:  60 minutes

85% in English; or 100%

Themes: This play is not only aimed at encouraging your young students to learn English; we also want to tell them a story which will hopefully help them grow and mature. We include the following themes:

 

  • Friendship

  • Taking responsibility for ones' actions

  • Learning and maturing from experiences

  • The importance of looking after the environment

  • The importance of family

  • Caring for all creatures

The language areas are:

  • The beach:  sand, bucket, spade, rock, crab

  • Parts of the body:  head, arm, leg, foot, feet, hand, heart

  • Temperature words:  hot, cold, ice, snow, freezing, warm

  • Adjectives:  big, small, strong, hard, soft, nice, horrible, sick, tired, well

  • Likes and dislikes:  I like…. I don’t like… Do you like?

  • Prepositions:  in, on, under, up, down

  • Important verbs:  run, walk, jump, dance, dig, follow, explode, speak, hide, sleep, fall

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

  • Useful questions:  How are you? What’s the matter? Where are you from? How many?

Bilingualism or 100% English – You Choose: In the bilingual option, English is the main language (about 85%) 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 Jacob and the Underworld is a natural and integral part of the story. 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.

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

 

  • Comprehension practice with synopses, scene extracts, etc.

  • Vocabulary practice and learning + reinforcement with flashcards, multiple choice, drawing pictures, simple crosswords, word soups, etc.

  • Question and Answer practice with interviews, comprehension exercises, gap fillers, true/false questions, etc.

 

Some exercises are easier than others as 6 year-olds obviously have different levels from 9 year olds. As such, 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.  We also give you exercises and activities to do AFTER seeing the play.

 

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

Click HERE to download the songs.

Teachers' Notes

Jacob and the Underworld -  6 to 9 years

Bertie - 10 to 13 years

A Difficult Woman - 14 years and above

Billy and the Six Bears - 3 to 6 years

 

Bertie is aimed to be as funny and entertaining as possible for students of English aged between 10 and 13 years, whilst at the same time providing them with a language-learning experience of great value. We also encourage them to examine the following theme.

 

Stereotypes: For example, the character of José, Bertie’s “portero”, has some very fixed ideas about the English. He thinks they are cold, unfriendly people who only like to drink tea with milk. Spain, he says is the best country in the world. On the other hand, Mrs Britt, Bertie’s mother, thinks Spaniards are very loud and rude, and do not say “por favor” enough. We also examine the clichéd thought that “love” is only for young people. Hopefully, we manage to turn these prejudices around and show audiences that people can surprise you, no matter where they are from or how old they are.

Ages: 10 to 13 years

Duration:  60 minutes

The English language content: Our story centres on two English people: Bertie and his mother, who comes to visit him in Madrid. As such, the play is narrated almost entirely in English. However, one of the main themes is the lack of understanding between two distinct cultures, and so we have included a few sentences and phrases in Spanish in order to highlight this theme and boost the comedy derived from the conflicts between the British and Spanish characters. More than 90% of the play is in English.  

Areas of Language

 

  • Describing People - Bertie has got brown hair and brown eyes. He’s 28 years old and is quite tall.

  • Comparing - You’re just like your father! José is very nosy, just like my mother.

  • Dreams - Bertie dreams about marrying Rosa.

  • Romance - Bertie is desperately looking for romance, for his “dream” girl.

  • Shopping - We see Bertie’s mother shopping in the market, using phrases such as HOW MUCH IS THAT?

  • Cultural Differences - We try to compare the different customs between the two countries. For example, Mrs Britt does not understand flamenco music. José hates tea.

 

Material for the Classroom: The material is intended to familiarize the students with the basic points of the story as well as the important vocabulary and grammatical constructions taught to children between the ages of 10 and 13. We concentrate on key areas using...

 

  • Comprehension Practice with Characters and Storyline and several different extracts from the play. We check comprehension through accompanying exercises (multiple choice, true/false, gap-fillers, re-ordering of dialogue and sentences, etc.)

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

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

 

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

 

A free adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew” by William Shakespeare

Ages: 14 years upwards

Duration: 60 minutes

100% in English

Womens’ Rights and the Taming of the Shrew

 

Inspiration from this play comes from a recent social movement which began making waves in 2017 when the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke out and women in Hollywood began to break their silence about the abuse and harassment they had received at the hands of powerful men. Since then, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have spread like wildfire, not only in English-speaking countries but all over the world. Thankfully, these calls for more equal rights for women have extended to all areas of society, professions and classes where women are still being treated like second class citizens.

  

The Taming of the Shrew is the perfect Shakespeare play to showcase this theme. Its very title says it all: a “shrew”, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is “A bad-tempered or aggressively assertive woman” who must be “tamed” in order for her to take her proper place in the society of Shakespeare’s day. In our free version of the Shakespeare classic, LinguaArts examines whether this old-fashioned belief is still present in today’s times, asking questions like, "Is a woman without a man by her side incomplete?"; “Do men still believe that they can try to change behaviour in women they do not like?”; “Do women have the same opportunities in society as men do?”; and “How far have we really progressed since “The Taming of the Shrew” was staged?" 

 

The Language: Two Types of English

 

As this is our play for the oldest age range (14 – 18 years), it is 100% in English. Moreover, as A Difficult Woman is structured as a “play within a play”, one part is in modern English, in which we see the theatre company discussing the play they are producing; and the other is in 16th century English with the scenes from the original Shakespeare play being rehearsed and staged. We think it will be interesting for your students to see the differences between these two styles of English.

 

Material for the Classroom

 

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

 

A free adaptation of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears"

Duration: 45 minutes

75% or 100% in English

Billy and the Six Bears is mainly for children in the “ciclo infantil”. Our aim is to help them enjoy learning English with this traditional story told in a very different way: lots of action, games and music. It is highly interactive and the theatricality and physicality of the actors makes it a very visual experience for the very young audience, thus facilitating their understanding. 

 

Themes: Our play also highlights the importance of the following themes: FRIENDSHIP / MUTUAL RESPECT / GENEROSITY AND KINDNESS

 

Bilingualism or 100% English – You Choose: In the bilingual option, English is the main language (75% - 80%) but as the spectators are very young, we include some 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:

 

THE HOUSE (for example: kitchen; bedroom; door; chair, table)

THE FAMILY (Mummy, Daddy, baby, brother, sister)

NUMBERS (1 to 10)

FOOD (eat, drink, breakfast, lunch, soup, carrot)

SOME COLOURS (brown, orange, yellow, purple)

SIMPLE ADJECTIVES: (good, bad, hot, cold, big, small, medium)

ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE: (friend, hello, goodbye, good morning; How are you?; What’s your name?; My name is… Come on; Thank you; You’re welcome, etc.)

The Classroom Material includes:

 

  • FLASHCARDS of the main vocabulary

  • ACTIVITIES and IDEAS on how to use these flashcards

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

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

                               

  • Shows performed in YOUR SCHOOL

  • Máx. nº of children per session: 150

  • Up to three shows in one day

Download a Scene from the play

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

Tel: 912 608 005 / 637 684 878

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

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