Role Play Ideas for ESL Beginners to Improve Conversational Skills | Julian Caesar Blanco

Julian Caesar Blanco is from California, United States. He is so passionate about past history. Julian had done so many plays that were based on historical movement. Role-playing is a learning structure that allows students to immediately apply content as they are put in the role of a decision-maker who must make a decision regarding a policy, resource allocation, or some other outcome. This technique is an excellent tool for engaging students and allowing them to interact with their peers as they try to complete the task assigned to them in their specific role.

Short discussions

Start with short discussions (which could include a question and answer session) to help beginners talk about themselves. This can include where they live, family members, what they do and why they want to learn English.

Topics or debates

These can include asking the students to describe something that interests them. This can include hobbies, travel, films, books, and music.

Phone conversations

Practice having a phone conversation choosing a subject that will interest the beginner. This could include going shopping and what to buy, going to a restaurant and booking a table and what is on the menu, to discussing making holiday and travel arrangements. This is rather like a question and answers session that will help you improve conversational skills.

Sharing opinions

Choose a topic, for example, technology, give the English-speaking learners some time to prepare and then discuss the chosen topic including why they like the topic and the advantages and disadvantages of what you are talking about. There are no right or wrong answers in sharing opinions.

Face and body game

This would be based on learning the parts of the face and the students could touch the relevant part saying the word in English at the same time. This would include eyes, ears, hair, mouth, teeth, chin, forehead, nose and eyebrows. Continue to include arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, thumbs, fingernails, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. This is a great role play idea to improve conversational skills.


Short discussions

Start with short discussions (which could include a question and answer session) to help beginners talk about themselves. This can include where they live, family members, what they do and why they want to learn English.

Topics or debates

These can include asking the students to describe something that interests them. This can include hobbies, travel, films, books, and music.

Phone conversations

Practice having a phone conversation choosing a subject that will interest the beginner. This could include going shopping and what to buy, going to a restaurant and booking a table and what is on the menu, to discussing making holiday and travel arrangements. This is rather like a question and answers session that will help you improve conversational skills.

Sharing opinions

Choose a topic, for example, technology, give the English-speaking learners some time to prepare and then discuss the chosen topic including why they like the topic and the advantages and disadvantages of what you are talking about. There are no right or wrong answers in sharing opinions.

Face and body game

This would be based on learning the parts of the face and the students could touch the relevant part saying the word in English at the same time. This would include eyes, ears, hair, mouth, teeth, chin, forehead, nose and eyebrows. Continue to include arms, elbows, wrists, hands, fingers, thumbs, fingernails, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. This is a great role play idea to improve conversational skills.