Speaking is one of the most important language skills. Few activities help students stimulate this skill. Role Play is one of them. It is the best way to stimulate conversation and can be an excellent teaching tool if done properly. It necessitates interaction between at least 2 partners. It is often helpful to teach beforehand phrases and vocabulary to be used in the context of the role play. Sometimes both roles A and B can be given; otherwise, the role play can be open-ended with only Part A being used as a stimulus. here are some examples of Role Play situations.
- A: Thank your partner for a gift he/she gave you on your birthday.
B: Respond to your friend.
- A: It’s getting hot. Ask your partner to open the window.
B: Respond to your friend ‘ request.
- A: Invite your partner to go fishing this weekend.
B: Respond to your friend’s invitation.
- A: Invite your partner to go dancing on Friday.
B: You do not like to dance. Politely refuse the invitation.
- A: You bought some milk at B’s grocery store. The milk is sour. Return it.
B: Offer to exchange the milk or compensate A in some way.
- A: Your partner borrowed your DVD player and still hasn’t returned it. Talk to him/her.
B: Make up an excuse and promise to return the saw at a later date.
- You want to buy a new laptop. Negotiate with your partner (a shop assistant) on the price, warranty, discount…etc