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About the BookThis short, original play for English students explores what happens when a well-known chef goes up against his own staff in a competition. Performing a play is an engaging and powerful project. And students learn authentic phrases, conversational moves, body language and pronunciation to apply to natural conversations outside the classroom.
These scripts will give students the opportunity to confidently practise language in a safe and structured setting where they can enjoy playing roles and bringing the story to life. ... they'll be having so much fun that they won't even realise that they are learning!
--David Farmer, NILE training consultant, theatre director, and author
Just Desserts is a short, original play about what happens when a teenager has to stand up to their boss, an overbearing celebrity chef. The engaging, suspenseful play hits on an important theme for students, how to stand up for yourself in a difficult situation. However, this play was written for English students to improve their communication and speaking skills.
As students read, practice, and perform these plays, they will learn:
Short enough for a project in a speaking class, but expandable to fill a whole elective class, drama unit, or theater club production, Just Desserts makes drama in the classroom a good thing!
About the Play
Just Desserts has a young immigrant heroine, a villianous boss who is trying to take advantage of her skills and a supporting set of characters who all participate in the battle to save a failing restaurant by entering a bake off. The level of language seems to be about B1, though it doesn't feel "graded." The play is fun to read on it's own, and it would be great as readers theater because of the character development and the emotionally-charged scenes. Students get a chance to tryout being indignant, devious, innocent, defensive, cautious, threatening, and rightous in turns which of course means fun contextualized pronunciation work, and perhaps discussions of culturally diverse ways to handle relationships. -- Jennifer DeLapp