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Mini-plays

We're very excited to announce the launch of our new series of mini-plays, bringing a slice of contemporary British life to your lessons. Each play includes a downloadable mp3 file, student worksheets with listening and language actvities and teacher’s notes, complete with tips to get the most out of the material.

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The mini-plays are written with a view to not only exposing students to authentic language in the classroom, but also to give them valuable insight into real, social and cultural issues affecting Britain today. These short plays address relevant, modern day issues in British society and the associated language. The authors, Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton, explain more about the mini-plays in this introduction to the series.

Our first mini-play takes place in a clothes shop in Manchester and is free to all users.

Mini-plays lesson plans

  • The pub

    Author: Tim Bowen Staff Room

    This mini-play features two men playing darts in a pub in Swansea. The lesson contains a downloadable mp3 audio file and a lesson plan with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • Mini-plays: Introduction

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton

    Our authors talk about the concept behind the mini-plays on onstopenglish and give a detailed explanation of the format of the plays and associated lesson plans.

  • Merry Christmas

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two women in a toy shop talking about what to buy their loved ones for Christmas. The lesson contains a downloadable mp3 audio file and a lesson plan with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • The bus stop

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features a man and an elderly woman talking about mobile phones and the environment while waiting for a bus. The lesson contains a downloadable mp3 audio file and a lesson plan with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • The supermarket

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features a mother and daughter who are shopping for food. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • Air travel

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features a couple who are waiting for their flight at Birmingham airport. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • Relationships

    Author: Tim Bowen Staff Room

    This mini-play features two friends chatting about relationships in a Bolton café. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • Nightmare neighbours

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two next-door neighbours talking over the fence in Norfolk. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • Nip and tuck

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two women talking about plastic surgery in a café in Croydon, south London. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher’s notes.

  • The bank

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two women who are gossiping while waiting to be served in a bank in Essex. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

  • Dog owners

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two women who are walking their dogs in a park in Reading. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

  • The train

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features a middle-aged couple, who are on a train from London Bridge to Dartford, on their way to a doctor's appointment. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

  • Football fanatics

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features a father and son from Yorkshire, who are on a long-distance journey to a football match. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

  • Celebrities

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton Staff Room

    This mini-play features two workmen, who are sitting in a roadworks truck near Dartford, reading the paper. The lesson contains a downloadable MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

  • The clothes shop

    Author: Tim Bowen and Liz Plampton

    This mini-play is set in a clothes shop in Manchester, where two friends are chatting to each other as they shop. The lesson contains a downloadble MP3 audio file and a PDF with student worksheets and teacher's notes.

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