Using role play for language learning

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Using role play for language learning

  1. 1. Using role-play for language learning
  2. 2. Why use role-play?
  3. 3. Can help rehearse real life situations
  4. 4. Practise in a ‘safe’ environment
  5. 5. Can be… …engaging …enjoyable …memorable
  6. 6. May lower a learner’s affective filter…
  7. 7. ..and build confidence
  8. 8. Could be yourself Or someone else
  9. 9. What can roleplay teach?
  10. 10. Fluency or accuracy?
  11. 11. Good for: Functional language But also vocabulary practice and grammar practice
  12. 12. ‘Authentic situations
  13. 13. Potentially authentic situations
  14. 14. Fantasy situations
  15. 15. Choose subject with care
  16. 16. Some practical examples
  17. 17. Starting from a dialogue
  18. 18. SK: Hello, what can I get you? C: I’m not sure – which cheese is the nicest? SK: They’re all nice, but this one is my favourite – would you like to try a bit? C: Yes, please…. Oh yes, it’s really tasty. How much is it? SK: That piece is £2.56. Shall I wrap it up? C: That’s great. Thanks.
  19. 19. SK: Hello, what can I get you? C: I’m not sure – which cheese is the nicest? SK: They’re all nice, but this one is my favourite – would you like to try a bit? C: Yes, please…. Oh yes, it’s really tasty. How much is it? SK: That piece is £2.56. Shall I wrap it up? C: That’s great. Thanks.
  20. 20. Starting from a situation
  21. 21. Student A: You are going to London for a job interview next week and you can’t afford a hotel. An old friend lives there and you haven’t seen them for years - call your friend and ask if you can stay the night. Student B: The person who calls you is someone you haven’t seen for 10 years and you haven’t kept in touch because you didn’t like them very much. You live in a very small flat in London and you hate having visitors but you are a very polite person.
  22. 22. To use role cards?..or not? If you do....keep them simple.. ..or they can be distracting..
  23. 23. Visual aids Realia
  24. 24. A task to complete can help
  25. 25. Don’t forget to input useful language
  26. 26. Parents Teenagers Is there any chance of –ing Would you mind if I –ed I’d be really careful… I don't think that’s a great idea. I’d like to but…. If you borrowed it, you’d probably….
  27. 27. Parents
  28. 28. Error Correction If you would borrow the car, you would crash! Please let me to borrow it! You will accident.
  29. 29. Note that it’s important to: Give time for preparation Input language Make opportunities for repetition And give feedback
  30. 30. ‘Real play (Scrivener’) pp222 Scrivener: ‘Real Play’
  31. 31. Who are the two people? Where are you? What are you talking about? Why are you talking? What happened just before this? Is any other information important? What are some points that will come up in the discussion? What would be a good result? Scrivener ‘Learning teaching’
  32. 32. Other ideas…
  33. 33. Golden rules for role play
  34. 34. Golden rules for role play Believe they will work! Give a model.. and/or Give preparation time A specific task to complete Language input Repetition Feedback
  35. 35. A useful book
  36. 36. Have fun!
  37. 37. Thank you! jo.gakonga@elt-training.com

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