How to Facilitate Roleplaying
If you’re teaching an oral communication type of class, then your goal is to get your students speaking as much as possible.
One of the best ways to do this is using dialogue and roleplaying.
But it’s not always easy finding the right roleplay and dialogue activities that have a history of success.
That’s why we’ve created 10 dialogue worksheets we like to use in our classes. Like all of our worksheets, they are free to use for any purpose.
2 Pushy Salesperson
Have your students sell something that nobody wants to buy. There are tons of ideas in the worksheet. First, you can start this activity by showing any infomercial from your home country. Then, you can lead by example and try to sell a product to your students. Finally, it’s your students turn to become a pushy salesperson.
4 Group Charades
Charades works for outgoing classes. But for introvert classes, it can be an epic failure. However, in groups suddenly introverts become extroverts… and they’re much more likely to be more relaxed. Rather than one person acting out, the entire group acts it out and one person guesses.
5 Famous Foreheads
In this activity, all players sit in a circle. Give each student a post-it note and a pencil. Each player writes down the name of a famous person and passes the note face-down to the player on the left. Each player sticks the note on his/her forehead and everyone takes turns asking “Yes” or “No” questions to find out who they are. The first player to guess the name on his/her forehead is the winner.
9 101 Free-Talking Topics
Maybe, the easiest thing to do is to just get them talking about what they are passionate about. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 101 free-talking topics. Print them off. Cut them up. Put it in a hat. Select a topic at random and let your students talk in pairs or as a classroom.
10 Dialogue Worksheets
So using roleplaying and dialogue worksheets can really open up your students and classes in a whole new way.
For example, thinking of sales techniques or multi-use items can really spark imagination and creativity in students.
We’ve also included some of the classics like charades, comic books and movie-related dialogue activities.
What type of dialogue activities do you use in your oral communication classes? Please let us know in the comment form below.