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“ROLE-PLAY” as a supporting activity when learning a second language

Why?

We know that learning a second language, (in this instance I am referring to English), has become an essential task and from the school classroom we can give our students the necessary tools to function positively and actively in the multilingual and multicultural society in which we live. Tools that will provide them with greater cultural, social and employment opportunities in the future, in addition to promoting knowledge and respect for a different culture.

Knowing another language involves learning many different skills. One of the ways we can encourage speaking, or rather, communication is by introducing role play at some convenient time.

With a role play activity, a group dynamic is carried out which allows the acquisition of a second language in a way which puts vocabulary immediately into context, Through the dramatization or simulation of roles, a
particular situation.

Not only will group participation be encouraged, but each student will also have a turn to speak, using correct vocabulary and structures within a context they can understand. They will end up using intonation almost subconsciously. Those who are not so fluent at first, with observation, will pick it up and also become more confident and with time have the courage to participate more fully. Those who already have the skills to express themselves in English can improve their pronunciation and fluency.

Group dynamics or role-play also help students to adequately develop their social skills, their perception of themselves, their autonomy and to learn to socialize with others in a tolerant environment, in addition to acquiring a second language in a fun and natural way.

Susannah Chamberlain
Teacher Learning Assistant

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