TESOL / TEFL courses in Malaga. Presentations: Role playing dialogues 3.

We have discussed in previous articles the use of role plays as part of the presentation process in the TEFL pyramid (see articles 4 and 29-30).

Here we consider some of the points the trainee TEFL teacher should bear in mind when overseeing the role play:

  1. Make groups of students to work together where the individual students have a similar level, otherwise dominance will necessarily take place.
  2. Forbid the use of L1 (first language) otherwise the advantage of the students having to deal with the situations in English will be lost. Organising the role play will generate a lot of opportunities for natural expression motivated by real stimuli (see articles 1, 2, 3). This can be achieved by running a negative point system for speaking in L1.
  3. Use realia / props. The use of objects that help the students to express themselves generates drama and humour and adds to the role play as being more memorable, and hence making the language used more memorable.
  4. A possibility is to encourage over-acting. This would involve excessive gesticulations, facial expressions and linguistic hyperbole. This, although maybe working against a delivery which would be natural, does help on the sentence stress level, since over-acting is synonymous with emphasising intonation and stress.
  5. If time allows, rotate the participants in each team, so that everyone has a go at representing each character in the role play. The feasibility of this will obviously depend on time constraints, the length of the role play and the number of students, but if it can be done, better.
  6. A ‘stereo’ performance. In this case, each character is performed by 2 students simultaneously, meaning that the preparation will need them to harmonise pronunciation, intonation, rhythm and stress. Experience shows that in a pair work format, they are more likely to check on correct pronunciation with the teacher because individuals within a pair will generate doubts about the correct pronunciation because they offer differing versions to each other.

TEFL class / TESOL class considerations:

It is important to take a presentation dialogue that is not too long. This avoids overloading and the longevity of the activity making it tedious.

A 1 hour period would be advisable for most classes.


Posted on July 10th, 2017


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