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Roleplay

What is roleplay?

 

Students play a role (either their own or somebody else's) in a specific situation

 

The role is taken on in a safe environment.  They are experimenting with their knowledge of the real world without the risks.

 

 

What roleplay is not.

 

Teachers sometimes ask students to read or memorize dialogs – this is not roleplay because students are not creating their own sentences to communicate meaning. 

 

 

Why use roleplay?

 

·        It trains students to deal with the unpredictable nature of language and to think while speaking

 

·        You can ask students to practice speaking in real-world situations, or even imaginary situations. 

 

·        It encourages students to speak with emotion and feeling and lets them experiment with sentence stress and intonation.

 

·        Roleplay puts students in a situation where they can develop social skills that are  often neglected by coursebooks.  It also introduces them to the different levels of politeness needed in everyday situations.

 

·        Roleplay can help shy students by providing them with an imaginary personality to hide behind. 

 

·         Perhaps most important of all - roleplay is fun.

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Ruth Goode,
Oct 13, 2009, 6:55 PM
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