Who said that learning English wasn´t fun!

Lead in:

What is your motivation for coming to this workshop?

What do you expect from this workshop?

Have you ever done any drama/theatre related activities before in your language learning?


Tongue twisters

Focus on homophones (words that are written differently but sound the same)

One-One was a racehorse.
Two-Two was one, too.
When One-One won one race,
Two-Two won one, too.

Focus on the difference in sound between S and SH

Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
The seven silly sheep Silly Sally shooed
Shilly-shallied south.
These sheep shouldn’t sleep in a shack;
Sheep should sleep in a shed.

Focus on strange objects in sentences

I wish to wish the wish you wish to wish, but if you wish the wish the witch wishes, I won’t wish the wish you wish to wish.

Focus on the long i: sound as in SHEET compared to SHIT

Through three cheese trees three free fleas flew.
While these fleas flew, freezy breeze blew.
Freezy breeze made these three trees freeze.
Freezy trees made these trees’ cheese freeze.
That’s what made these three free fleas sneeze.


Please, put your heads together and work out what the joke is. If there are any native English speakers present, they are only allowed to give hints.

Focus on the double meaning of words. Pun intended or not; that is the question!

My ex-wife still misses me. But her aim is steadily improving.

Daughter: „Mom, can I get a cat or a dog at Christmas, please?“ 

Mom: „No honey, you will be getting turkey, like every Christmas!“

Whenever I undress in the bathroom, my shower gets turned on.

If you spent your day in a well, can you say your day was well-spent?

I Googled “how to start a wildfire”.

I got 48,500 matches.

A patient bursts into a doctor’s office, “Doctor, I believe I’m a deck of cards!” 

The doctor calmly replies, “Go sit in the waiting room, please, I’ll be dealing with you later.”

A Spanish magician has a grand magical show and at the end he says he will disappear after counting to three. He starts to count, “Un, dos…”

Kazaam! He vanished without a tres.

A guy was admitted to hospital with 8 plastic horses in his stomach.

His condition is now stable.

Why did the balloon go near the needle? 

He wanted to be a pop star

I was hoping to steal some leftovers from the party but I guess my plans were foiled.

Which country’s capital is the fastest growing?

Every year it’s Dublin.

Never date cross eyed people. They might be seeing somebody on the side!

Apparently taking a day off is not something you should do when you work for a calendar company.


Mime the following actions

List of activities

Put on a pair of jeans                      Do a dance                          Take off your shoes                        Dig the garden                  Walk on a tightrope                        Drive a car                                           Drink a cup of coffee                      Eat spaghetti                      Lick an envelope                              Brush your teeth                              Eat an apple                       Blow your nose                                 Stroke a dog                                       Sit an exam                         Have a shower                                                  Get off a crowded bus                         Wait for a phone call                                                                       Give a hug to an old classmate   Mow the lawn                   Hit a golf ball                                      Do the ironing                                   Sing a song                          Play the piano                                   Make the bed                                   Comb your hair                 Light a cigarette                                                Knock in a nail                                    Dial a phone number      Clean the windows                         Do kick boxing                  

Different ways of saying the same thing

You are going to ask someone to give you a hand with some work. Please, do it in the various ways listed below.

Could/Can you (please) give me a hand with my work/project?

  List of adverbs


nervously                            aggressively                       angrily                                   playfully                               reluctantly                          energetically                      sadly                                      shyly                      sleepily                                 carelessly                            confidently                                                         sexily                                     tensely                                 cautiously                            self-consciously                         timidly                                  carefully                               anxiously                             quickly                                  lovingly                                 casually                                                arrogantly                           affectionately                    calmly                                   silently                                  violently                               cheerfully                            indifferently                       wildly                                    noisily                                   frantically                            furiously                              suspiciously                        loudly                                    clumsily                                       seriously                                       gracefully                            enthusiastically                 quietly                  wearily                                                                stylishly                                accurately                           desperately


Role play: Peer pressure

Stand up if you have ever been pressured by a friend to do something you didn’t want to do. What did you do about it?

Tell us about a time when you saw someone being pressured into doing something they didn’t want to do. What happened?

Why do you think some kids give in to peer pressure?

Have you ever been pressured to try drugs?


Scenario: Two friends are trying to convince their friend to try the latest drug in fashion. You have to choose the name of the drug and its properties; and whether the pressure is going to work or not.


Final discussion:

Did this workshop fulfill your expectations?

Did you learn anything new?

Which activities did you find the most useful for your own language learning?

Will you use some of these activities in your language learning in the future?

What did you like the most? Why?

What did you like the least? Why?

What did you find the most difficult? Why?


What would you like to change in the workshop?

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