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A role-play (/rɒʊl pleɪ/) is an activity where students play-act roles.

Typically, the teacher will set up a situation and give students different roles to play in the encounter. Generally these are structured around language functions, though under some circumstances the role-play will be designed to exploit grammar forms or vocabulary which have recently been taught.

The teacher will usually monitor the activity and later give feedback and advice.

Role-plays differ from simulations in that the latter allow students to respond as they themselves would do in real-life situations, rather than "play" out imaginary situations.

Rationale for role-play[edit | edit source]

Role-play can be useful for a number of reasons:

  • It provides a semi-structured environment for practising language.
  • It gives students a reason to use the target language (L2).
  • The fact that students are not "themselves" gives them an opportunity to overcome the affective filter.

Typical role-plays[edit | edit source]

Typical role-plays include any situation where the student is likely to have to use English. Those related to travelling are often universal, for example: