15 Rocking Role Play Listening/Speaking Activities for Language Learners
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.
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Bad restaurant is a listening speaking and role play exercise for talking about restaurant food and service.
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.
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.
This is a role play about a bad vacation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An interview/role play listening/speaking exercise for higher elementary to pre-intermediate students.
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.
This is similar in format to the role play above but no audio yet.
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..?”
This role play activity is great for practicing the language of consumer complaints in a variety of situations.
This is a business English ESL exercise. Students follow the guide on the PDF and write short conversations.
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.