Yes, Let’s! | Simple Drama and ESL Game for Improv
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Yes, Let’s! is a simple drama game that is more fun the bigger your imagination is! It’s a great tool for ESL students and can be safely played while social distancing or teaching online.

COVID-19 Update!
In order to keep your students two metres apart, students can be spaced randomly to play the game instead of in a circle.

Instructions

  • Students should stand in a circle.
  • The first students says ‘Let’s…’ followed by an action (eg. play tennis).
  • The rest of the circle reply ‘Yes, let’s!’ and perform the action (eg. mime playing tennis).
  • The next student in the circle then says ‘Let’s…’ and the game continues.
  • Repeat until all students have had the opportunity to name an activity.

Top tip: Encourage each student to think of a different activity that hasn’t been played and is unlikely to be chosen by another student. The wackier the activities the better.

In my experience

Yes, Let’s drama game is a fantastic activity for ESL/TEFL students. It helps students to practise infinitives and associate the verb with a physical action.

With drama students, and particularly older drama students, you should go all out. Just like with What Are You Doing? the class will have the most fun when the ideas are wackier.

It’s a fantastic way to introduce the number one rule of improvisation: say yes! Once the students are comfortable with this concept by playing Yes, Let’s, you can build from there.

Need help keeping your students socially distant? Try marking a space using the following:

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Rebecca is the founder and chief executive officer of Silly Fish Learning Ltd. She is a children's playwright with a vast and varied career in education, primarily teaching drama and English.

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