ERIC Number: ED369289
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Role Playing in Foreign Language Teaching: An Application in an Elementary Chinese Class.
This paper examined the effects of the use of role playing in foreign language instruction by applying this instructional method in two elementary Chinese courses at Memphis State University during the 1991-92 academic year. Role playing was used in daily classroom activities and in midterm and final oral examinations. The results of this technique were compared with a more conventional instructional method used with the same courses in the 1990-91 academic year. It was found that role playing encouraged: (1) most students to actively participate in class; (2) students to spend more time outside of class practicing both individually and in groups to prepare for presentations; (3) vocabulary, grammar, and phonetic skills; (4) students to continue to study Chinese; (5) students' creativity; and (6) relationships among students by providing them with opportunities to work together. A survey found that 11 of the 12 students enrolled in the second-semester role playing Chinese course liked role playing as both a learning and examination approach. (Contains 8 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 13, 1993).