Delta Publishing Catalogue

Role Plays for Today

Photocopiable activities to get students speaking


Author: Jason Anderson

ISBN: 9781900783996

Role Plays for Today is a photocopiable resource book for use with adult and teenage students of English. It provides extensive speaking practice, and can be used both in EFL and ESOL classes from elementary to advanced levels.

Role Plays for Today provides teachers with an instant resource of all the role play activities they will ever need on a day-to-day basis. It provides students with enjoyable speaking practice activities in up-to-date contexts they can relate to.

Role Plays for Today:

  • is guaranteed to get students speaking in natural, real world contexts.
  • includes Target Language boxes on all of the role play cards providing students with a convenient selection of key expressions and functional language appropriate to the role play.
  • includes all the ‘classic’ classroom role plays, such as the Job Interview, Visiting the Doctor, the Clothes Shop and the Restaurant – with plenty of creative ideas thrown in!
  • includes lots of new role play ideas and contexts, such as Enrolling at a Gym, Breaking Bad News, TV Chat Show, Internet Café, University Interview and Passport Control.
  • has Lead In and Follow Up suggestions with each role play to provide a fully rounded lesson.
  • contains clear guidelines and suggestions for adaptation to different class sizes, lesson lengths and learning environments
  • clearly indicates grammar, functional language and vocabulary areas for each role play in the teacher’s notes, in the detailed contents and in quick reference indexes at the back of the book

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Jason Anderson

Language learning is an amazing thing. Languages provide us not only with an insight into other cultures, but through their differences they teach us a lot about our own culture. Those of us who have the opportunity to teach others their language have the scope to open their eyes to a new world, new customs, and in the case of English, new opportunities for work, travel and pleasure. As such I enjoy making lessons memorable, so that our students will want to learn, enjoy learning, and hopefully take away the language they’ve learnt with the memory of the lesson. Speaking Games, Teamwork and Role Plays for Today are born of this desire. I tried to put all my favourite lesson ideas, my favourite contexts and activity types into lessons that will hopefully inspire students to communicate naturally and effectively.

My interest in learning languages has never diminished. While not being as fast as many of my students in picking up new vocabulary or mastering complex grammar, I have tried my hand at learning Russian, Italian, French, Ukrainian, Tigrinya, Turkish, Kinyarwanda and Bahasa Melayu over the years, and have forgotten almost as much as I have learnt! Thanks to my experiences with these languages, I feel in touch with the students I teach every day, as well as their needs and difficulties in learning English, and that helps to inform my lesson planning and writing as well as my teaching and teacher training. I think the secret to successful resource book writing is to provide not just for the teacher’s needs, but also for the students’ interests. I hope that my materials can provide teachers and students with the inspiration to brighten up lessons each week. Originality and creativity are the keys to making language learning a pleasure.

I have been teaching, teacher training and wrestling with foreign languages since 1995, working in the UK, Ukraine, Italy, Turkey, Eritrea, Rwanda, Malawi, Kenya and Malaysia for organisations including the British Council, VSO and UNICEF. I am interested in a wide range of aspects of teaching, including use of the mother tongue and translation in language learning (in which I believe), the influence of SLA (Second Language Acquisition) theory on pedagogy, English language teaching in primary and secondary contexts worldwide (especially developing countries), and both initial and in-service teacher training for language teachers.

This attractively designed photocopiable resource book will prove invaluable for anyone who would like to use role plays in their classroom.

Nora Delphine
English Teaching Professional, January 2007

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