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ERIC Number: EJ1065701
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
Try This: Role-Play Party: Talking about Jobs
Benucci, Heather
English Teaching Forum, v53 n2 p45-52 2015
This article presents a stand-alone language-learning activity emphasizing speaking. Specifically, students will participate in role plays to describe occupations and job-related duties. The level of the activity is upper beginner or low intermediate and the time required is 45-60 minutes. The goals are: (1) to ask and answer small-talk questions about jobs; and (2) to practice using language related to greetings, introductions, and taking leave. The materials required are: (1) chalk and blackboard, or markers and whiteboard; (2) paper and pencils or pens; (3) role-play character cards and graphic organizers (see Preparation section for details); (4) timing device; and (5) overhead or digital projector (optional). Students will role-play being at a party with assigned character names and job titles. Several role-play parties occur in the classroom at the same time. Party "guests" must introduce themselves and ask one another about their jobs; they are encouraged to have fun and be dramatic. Students can refer to supporting language information on the board, if needed, but they do not follow a script. When the parties end, students use a graphic organizer to write down details they remember about the other guests and their jobs, then discuss and compare the information they collected. Scaffolding options for lower-level students and students who might not be familiar with small-talk functions are provided at the end of the activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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