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Using Improv to Teach Language

Published on October 18, 2013 by in Uncategorized

I had a great time last night at Vida teaching the intermediate English as a second language class.

Several weeks ago I discovered a book by Matthew McMillion on using improv to teach foreign languages. I have been using his concepts for some time, but had hesitated to use his suggestion of simply giving a line of dialog to a one of a pair of students and letting them run with it.

Wow! It worked so well. I was pleasantly surprised. The students got right into the dialog, and along the way exposed some areas for improvement in their English. Naturally there was lots of laughter too. I went to class feeling tired and a little bit down and left feeling exhilarated.

My students never fail to amaze me.

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  1. Angelina

    Hi there,
    I’ve been teaching ESL through improv too and find it very very useful! I also use improv exercises in 1-2-1 tutoring sessions. I’ve never read the book that you mentioned but it sounds interesting! Could you give me the title please?

    • admin

      The book is Improv For Teaching Foreign Languages. I downloaded it from Amazon, but I just checked and it’s not there anymore. I don’t know what the deal is. You may want to try locating Matthew McMillion on LinkedIN. I think that’s where I learned about the book.

  2. Matthew

    Thanks, Marvin!

    I very much appreciate your review and recommendation of my book. It’s back on Amazon, and at a reduced price. Please spread the word about improv and language teaching/learning. It works like magic. Everything’s explained in the book. No other method is as enjoyable and effective in language learning. Students will agree!


    Thank you!

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