Role play in the classroom is a form of instruction in which you have students take the part of someone else so that they can understand a situation from a different perspective than they normally would. However, it is not a perfect form of instruction, as it has both advantages and disadvantages to its use. Using role playing in the classroom can help teach children in the class about certain situations in a relatable and dramatic fashion. This will cause the children to better remember the situations, making role playing a good teaching method for new hypothetical theories.
How to use Roleplay in ESL
Huang - Role Play for ESL/EFL Children in the English Classroom (TESL/TEFL)
For English language teachers, here are some enjoyable and engaging ways to help your students get to know each other better and practice speaking with confidence in the ESL classroom. The following role play scenarios and fun active games can be used as time permits or if you want to focus on learning a specific skill such as speaking or practicing new vocabulary. If your students enjoy these 10 and are hungry for more, why not check out the sequel and make sure your students continue to come to your English class full of excitement and enthusiasm to start learning. Divide the students into pairs. If you have an odd number of students then the student without a partner can practice with you. To get acquainted and break the ice, each student will ask their partner several everyday questions in English. Give them a couple of minutes each to do this.
Unit 5: Role-Plays
Before young people can begin to apply social and emotional skills in their daily lives, they need time to practice these skills and get feedback on their practice. Role-plays are an excellent way to build practice and one-on-one feedback into our SEL pedagogy, and they are so fun that they usually help with motivation as well. When integrated into the teaching of SEL skills, role-plays can even provide scaffolding for higher-order thinking skills like analysis, prediction, comparison, and synthesis. Well-constructed role-plays are an exciting form of modal instruction that engage everyone in the class in all the learning modalities: kinetic, auditory, visual, and tactile.
It is not enough merely to provide students with opportunities to speak in English, as teachers we need to encourage students to speak in a variety of different situations, and hence help them to learn to speak with confidence. The ideal would be to travel to different locations and carry out different tasks, the next best thing however is to enact those situations in a classroom. Even though there is little consensus on the terms used in role-playing literature. Just a few of the terms which are used, often interchangeably, are "simulation," "game," "role-play," "simulation-game," "role-play simulation," and "role-playing game" Crookall and Oxford, a. The effective use of role-plays can add variety to the kinds of activities students are asked to perform.