The Hiroshima JALT chapter was treated to a workshop about how to introduce drama in your classes. The workshop was based on how to adapt the book “Hi, friends”, commonly used in elementary school classes, to get the students up, moving and motivated. This textbook is visually appealing and has some listening activities, but has a limited vocabulary and may result in passive students.
MEXT recommends that elementary school English lessons should allow students to experience the joy of communication, actively listen to and speak in English, and learn the importance of verbal communication. Dawn showed us how these recommendations can be implemented using drama, even at young ages. Although these activities were originally intended for elementary school students, we found that they could be adapted to any ages and we enjoyed trying them out ourselves.