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    I love English, I love Shakespeare and poetry, and I love analysis. However, I despise drama and role play. I am useless at it, I get ridiculously nervous and can't get my words out, so I just stand there looking like a mug. I just wanted to ask how much role play is involved with Eng Lit, and whether it would be worth doing it? The idea of acting (even reading off a piece of paper!) makes me feel a bit sick, but I love the subject and don't want to give it up. Help please!!
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    (Original post by lilylollipop)
    I love English, I love Shakespeare and poetry, and I love analysis. However, I despise drama and role play. I am useless at it, I get ridiculously nervous and can't get my words out, so I just stand there looking like a mug. I just wanted to ask how much role play is involved with Eng Lit, and whether it would be worth doing it? The idea of acting (even reading off a piece of paper!) makes me feel a bit sick, but I love the subject and don't want to give it up. Help please!!
    Virtually none (maybe dependant on your specification/teaching style).
    Did read out a bit in class, in roles. But this was completely voluntary. (It gets easy to do when you're comfortable with your class bc English lit tends to bring people together somehow.)

    But it isn't drama so no acting ability expected of you.
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    (Original post by SinsNotTragedies)
    Virtually none (maybe dependant on your specification/teaching style).
    Did read out a bit in class, in roles. But this was completely voluntary. (It gets easy to do when you're comfortable with your class bc English lit tends to bring people together somehow.)

    But it isn't drama so no acting ability expected of you.
    thankyou! think i will go for it as it would be a shame to give it up... i honestly dont understand my fear of public speaking as i am a confident person and am happy to debate or discuss in front of a class... idk reading just makes me fall to pieces. thanks for your help x
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    You will never be forced to read or act out a drama piece at English a level. You may be asked to read, but it's completely voluntary. If you don't want to do it, you will most likely not have to. Don't give up on English Literature because of a fear of something that will be very unlikely.
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    (Original post by lilylollipop)
    thankyou! think i will go for it as it would be a shame to give it up... i honestly dont understand my fear of public speaking as i am a confident person and am happy to debate or discuss in front of a class... idk reading just makes me fall to pieces. thanks for your help x
    Public speaking is a very different dynamic, indeed. Discussing your ideas in a creative context by studying lit may even give you the confidence to build up your public speaking skills. Good luck.
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    (Original post by rosie.mn)
    You will never be forced to read or act out a drama piece at English a level. You may be asked to read, but it's completely voluntary. If you don't want to do it, you will most likely not have to. Don't give up on English Literature because of a fear of something that will be very unlikely.
    thankyou! think i will just go for it x
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    English is literally class discussions and reading aloud. You will not be expected to "role play" but participation in class discussions is a must to get lots of varied analysis and viewpoints.
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    (Original post by lilylollipop)
    thankyou! think i will just go for it x
    You should! It's really enjoyable and if you are good at it, it can be a less demanding subject. Class discussions are frequent, but I have never in my experience had one person present to the class - drama is never involved. We all take turns reading and talk about the texts. If you have any questions, ask! I'll be happy to help x
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    (Original post by AppleB)
    English is literally class discussions and reading aloud. You will not be expected to "role play" but participation in class discussions is a must to get lots of varied analysis and viewpoints.
    thankyou for the reply, that's fine then as I have no problem in discussing or sharing ideas with a class, it's just the drama part that concerned me. X
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    (Original post by lilylollipop)
    thankyou for the reply, that's fine then as I have no problem in discussing or sharing ideas with a class, it's just the drama part that concerned me. X
    No drama involved. Good luck!!
 
 
 
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