A language classroom doesn’t have to look like a classroom!  It can be turned into a restaurant, a supermarket, a cinema, a doctor’s surgery – the possibilities are endless.  With the aid of props, drama activities can introduce a whole world of ways in which to explore language in a holistic, interactive, and meaningful manner.  Imagine scenarios where you are dancing and flirting at an office party in Italy, acting out an alternative ending to the German film Lola Rennt, yelling at your incompetent waiter in Spanish, or complaining about your hotel room to a disinterested French receptionist.  Assuming personae, or adopting roles (for example those of customer/waiter, guest/receptionist, or doctor/patient), where a level of emotional and physical engagement is needed, can greatly enhance the language learning experience. The student gets the opportunity to use language in situations that closely mirror the ‘real world’, where, after all, no-one just reads off a script or out of a book!  Language students using drama activities in the classroom, whether in pairs or groups, also learn how to overcome culture barriers, which can include learning about the use of non-verbal communication such as body-language.  They develop confidence in speaking the language as well.  These activities also aid in developing general communication and interpersonal skills, such as teamwork and negotiation.  And don’t forget that the ability to work in teams, having strong negotiation skills, and being culturally aware are all valuable skills that are highly prized by potential employers!