Staged role play
Jeff Fowler, Teacher, Trainer, British Council Naples
This is a series of engaging role-plays based on the concept of the gap year / a round the world trip. The activities motivate the students to persuade and argue in a light-hearted manner. There are a series of five small role-plays and this activity works best with intermediate students.
Download and make copies of the role-play cards. You'll need one set for each group of three students. You might like to pre-teach some structures for expressing and asking for opinions.
- Elicit or explain the concept of a gap year (between university and school) and ask students what they'd like to do if they had a free year.
- Elicit travelling and hang up a large map of the world.
- Tell the students they have a round the world air ticket valid for a year and they are going to go on an imaginary tour around the world with two friends.
- Put the students into groups of three.
- Hang world map on the board (or a globe) and ask each group to discuss where they'd like to go.
- Get the students in their groups to think about any problems that might occur with such a trip. For example; language, arguments over accommodation, where to go etc.
- Tell the students they are now in the country they chose and they have to act out their roles as described in the cue cards.
- Give your students a minute to read their cue cards and then take them in. The students then carry out role-play 1. Listen and make notes of any vocabulary or pronunciation problems.
- Do plenary feedback with each group to see if they stayed in an expensive or cheap hotel etc.
- Do the other role-plays with quick feedback from each group and a little work on any language problems they have had each time.