17 Rocking Role Play Listening/Speaking Activities for Language Learners

15th November 2023

1 Supermarket enquiries role play

This is a fairly elementary role play for practicing general English.

Extract from Supermarket enquiries role play

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2 Gift shop conversation and role play

A gift shop customer – salesperson role play is nice because there are so many kinds of gifts and a big variety of conversations/role plays can be created.

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3 Celebrity chef interview

This is a role play and listening/speaking exercise with a celebrity chef . This is a really fun exercise with broad appeal. I noticed many of my online students went straight to this exercise ahead of many other exercises.

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(see the video on YouTube)

4 Interview with a famous athlete

Not all students love sport, but for those that do, this is a great exercise. They can watch/listen to the model role play(which can also be used as a listening exercise) and then create a role pay about their sports hero.

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5 Lost person  roleplay

This is an ESL or English language  role play listening /speaking lesson  for  practicing conversational English.  It’s a bit of an old classic and allows for imagination and creativity while practicing the past tenses and vocabulary for describing people.

Lost person role play (PDF)

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6 Bad restaurant role play

Bad restaurant is a listening speaking and role play exercise for talking about restaurant food and service.

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(see the YouTube video)

7 Husband-wife  request role play (with audio)

  This is an elementary  English  ESL  role play exercise  for practicing requests and phrasal or two part verbs. Students complete the conversations with suitable expressions. Then they can compare answers and carry out the role play.

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(Husband wife role play as video on Youtube)

Husband-wife role play audio

8 Interview with a famous celebrity role play (with audio)

Easily the most popular  and appealing role play activity is the celebrity interview role play. I suggest that the teacher models this activity with a student as a warm-up and to get students in the mood. Then students can be put in pairs and groups to carry out the interviewer-celebrity role play themselves. The teacher can roam the room to monitor grammar and language. At the end of the role play exercise, it may be a good idea to get the students to write out the complete questions and answers so the teacher can check on accuracy. This is a fun communicative exercise that allows students to to be creative and to improvise.  This activity can also be done as a listening activity. Listen to the interview and take notes of Selena’s answers.

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(see the “Celebrity Interview” role play on Youtube)

Celebrity interview audio

9 Bad vacation

This is a role play about a bad vacation.

Bad vacation(PDF)

(see the “Bad vacation” role play on Youtube)

Bad vacation audio

10 First impressions (woman)

  This is a listening/speaking exercise for English language learners to talk about personality and first impressions. This exercise focuses on a woman.  Students look at the pictures and try to create a story about how they got to know this  woman.   Or, the exercise can be used as a listening activity. Students listen to the audio and fill in the answers.

(First impressions – woman PDF)

(see the video on YouTube)

First impressions = woman

11 First impressions (man)

  This is another first impressions role play exercise. This exercise focuses on  a man.  As above the exercise can be used to try to create a story or role play about how they got to know this  man.   Or again, the exercise can be used as a listening activity. Students listen to the audio and fill in the answers.


(First impressions man PDF )

(see the YouTube video)

First impressions (man)

12 Checking into a hotel (with audio and  answers) worksheet

       This is an  English  language  exercise  introducing and exploring hotel language and vocabulary. Students try to complete the conversation.  Then they can listen to the conversation and check their answers.   

Hotel front desk dialogue and vocabulary gap fill worksheet

Hotel reception listening and conversation (PDF)

(see the YouTube video)

Checking into a hotel

13 Ordering in a restaurant listening activity and conversation worksheet (with audio answers)

This is a  fun “Ordering in a Restaurant” gap fill speaking activity for an English language  class.   Students listening to audio and  complete the conversation. Then the students can practice  the conversation, perform role plays and/or write their own “Ordering in a Restaurant” dialogues.

Ordering in a restaurant vocabulary and expressions ESL worksheet

Ordering in a restaurant dialogue (PDF)

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Ordering in a restaurant

14 Interview with a supply chain manager

An interview/role play listening/speaking exercise for higher elementary to pre-intermediate students.

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Interview with a supply chain manager

15 Job enquiry by telephone (with audio and answers)

       This is a listening/speaking telephone dialogue activity.  A job candidate telephones a company manager and asks about he requirements for a job position.  It includes language and vocabulary commonly used during the job application process. Students listen and try to complete the conversation.

Job-enquiry-dialogue listening/speaking exercise for ESL students

Job enquiry conversation (PDF)

(see the video on YouTube)

  16 FAQ Mini-Roleplays

This role play activity focuses on the language necessary for customer service, INTRO: This role play activity is a suitable activity for: Elementary students- for present simple requests: “Where is..?”

“Could I ?” “How much?” etc. Pre-Intermediate students- indirect requests with verb “to be”: “Do you know where it is?” and “to do”: “Could you tell me how much it costs?” Intermediate students– requests using “if” and gerunds: “Is it Ok   if?” “Would you mind if?” “Would it be OK if..?” “I wonder if I could? Would you mind telling me if? “I was wondering   if..?”

Information counter dialogue

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  17 Consumer complaint role play 

This role play activity  is great for practicing the language of consumer complaints in a variety of situations.

Consumer complaints role plays

Consumer complaint role plays (PDF)

 18 Business English introductions role play

 This is a  business English  ESL exercise. Students follow the guide on the PDF and write short conversations. 


Business introduction role plays (PDF)


19 Cool Jobs

This is a lesson appropriate for pre-intermediate and intermediate ESL/EFL students. It would be a suitable activity for using with career vocabulary or with comparative adjectives and nouns.

Cool jobs lesson

Cool Jobs (PDF)

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