Role-Play In The EFL Classroom
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It’s very easy to fall into a rut in the EFL classroom, especially if you are teaching similar lessons to a lot of different classes. This is why it’s important to mix it up a bit sometimes and do things a little differently. Incorporating role-play into your lessons allows you to do just that.
What exactly is role-play?
Role-play is a speaking activity which utilises drama. In a role-play scenario, learners adopt characters in order to accomplish a task or act out an imaginary situation.
Why do students enjoy role-play?
To be sure, not everyone is a drama queen so you may find you have a few learners who are hesitant to act in front of their classmates. However, in the language learning classroom there is no need for the learners to act in front of everyone; simply performing the role-play in their groups is sufficient for language practice and production.
Plus, being able to hide behind a character when speaking a foreign language gives learners confidence they might not have otherwise whether they enjoy being dramatic or not. You will probably be surprised by the performances of your usually-shyer students.
How can we use role-play?
Role-play can be used for many different language situations. A role-play can be used as the basis for a debate, in which the learners adopt different attitudes or opinions. It can be used to practise functional language – at the restaurant or a job interview, for example. Or the learners can be given carte blanche to use a role-play to demonstrate the communicative function of a language structure – such as the first conditional for threats and promises.
In order for any role-play to be successful, though, there are a few key things you need to bear in mind.
- The teacher needs to be invested. This does not necessarily mean the teacher is playing a part in the role-play but rather that the teacher believes in the educational value of the role-play and does not belittle its value.
- Props are very useful for transforming the usual classroom space into an appropriate scene.
- Role-plays should be appropriate and useful for the class involved. Make sure the learners are able to see the relevance of the role-play to their everyday lives, or else they won’t see the point in the exercise.
- It may be necessary to keep a list of useful language clearly visible throughout the exercise so that if learners are stuck they can use it as a reference.
- Use the opportunity to pick up on mistakes in an error correction session afterwards.
Role-play is a flexible and fun way to practise language in the classroom and a sure way to bring some excitement into your lessons.
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- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.