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ERIC Number: ED424753
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Language Realistically: Role Play Is the Thing.
Salies, Tania Gastao
Role-playing is proposed as an ideal technique to teach language because it prepares learners for the unpredictable nature of real-life communication, teaches appropriate language use, and boosts self-confidence. Theories that have paved the way for the current communicative approach to language teaching are reviewed, role-playing is defined, and the rationale for role-playing is outlined, focusing on its effectiveness in the areas noted above. It is argued that role-playing prepares learners for realistic communication, adding emotion, inventiveness, and listener awareness to language teaching. It also contextualizes language use and exposes the student to conversational routines and cultural discussion. Finally, role-playing gives students instant evidence of the success of their language usage, fosters retention, and stimulates involvement in a relatively risk-free environment. It is suggested that the technique be used often, alongside other language teaching techniques, and with variation. Specific classroom procedures for introducing and implementing role-playing are outlined, and several sample activities are described. Contains 25 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A