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Episode 4: The Dance

In Italy, the very act of saying good-bye can be an act of love. The farewell “dance” will sound very familiar to native Italians or anyone who has lived in Italy for a period of time, and Michael describes it with his characteristic generosity and gentle humour.

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Episode 3: Going Places

Every journey contains endless material for storytellers, and the astute observer can detect significant cultural twists in even the most mundane interactions. Michael shares anecdotes from his travels in Italy and Japan.

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Episode 2: Rules are rules

Rules may be rules, but people from different cultures take different approaches to obeying them. In this episode, Michael shares his experience of being stuck between a rock and a hard place as a good law-abiding citizen.

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Episode 1: RSVP

How do you ask someone out to dinner? How do you politely decline? In this episode, Michael talks about how his style of invitation has changed over his years in Italy, and how misunderstanding certain idioms can lead to indigestion.

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Using drama role play activities in your classroom

shutterstock_286079675Ken Wilson is the author of Smart Choice and in all has written more than 30 ELT titles. We asked teachers from around the world who have been using Smart Choice what one question they would like to ask Ken. In this video blog Ken answers the question ‘How can Smart Choice be used for drama role play activities?’

To relate English language learning to their daily lives, students need the opportunity to say something about themselves or to give their opinion. We all need to find manageable activities that help students with personalization.

In this final Question and Answer video blog, Ken Wilson demonstrates how you can use coursebook material as the basis for personalization activities. He then suggests how teachers can extend language learning by asking students to play different parts in role-play activities.

References:

Wilson, Ken and Healy, Thomas. (2016) Smart Choice Third Edition, Oxford University Press.

Wilson, Ken. (2008) Drama and Improvisation, Oxford University Press.