Learning English by using English

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Offline shipra

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Learning English by using English
« on: July 02, 2011, 01:34:34 PM »
                           A very good process of using English is doing "Role Plays"

   Role plays are very important because they give students an opportunity to practise communication in different social contexts and in different social roles.

   An example of role playing can be quoted from Diane Larsen-Freeman.

   The students are told that they will do a role play.The teacher tells them that they are to be divided into groups of four.They are to imagine that they are all employees of the same company.One of them is the others' boss.They are having a meeting to discuss what will possibly occur as a result of their company merging with another company.Before they begin,they discuss some possibilities together.They decide that they can talk about topics such as whether or not some of the people in their company will lose their jobs,whether or not they will have to move,whether or not certain policies will change,whether or not they will earn more money.'Remember,' reminds the teacher ,'that one of you in each group is the boss.You should think about this relationship if,for example,he or she makes a prediction that you don't agree with.'

   For fifteen minutes the students perform their role play.The teacher moves from group to group to answer questions and offer any advice on what the groups can discuss.After it's over,the students have an opportunity to pose any questions.In this way,they elicit some relevant vocabulary words.They then discuss what language forms are appropriate in dealing with one's boss.'For example,' the teacher explains ,'what if you know that your boss doesn't think that the vacation policy will change,but you think it will.How will you state your prediction?You are more likely to say something like 'I think the vacation policy might change,' than 'The vacation policy will change.'

   'What if,however,'the teacher says,'it is your colleague with whom you disagree and you are certain that you are right.How will you express your prediction then?One student offers,'I know that the vacation policy will change.'Another student says,'I am sure that the vacation policy will change.'A third student says simply,'The vacation policy will change.'


    I believe,this is a very effective way of practising English.In this way,students can practise communication by performing different roles.So,by adopting this process,Students will learn English by using English.

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Re: Learning English by using English
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2011, 12:06:33 PM »
Role playing can be an important activity in vocabulary class, in speaking skill class, even in listening skill class

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Re: Learning English by using English
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2011, 10:14:22 AM »
It can be helpful for students as an ice breaking action.
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Re: Learning English by using English
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2011, 01:28:15 PM »
Thank you,Nahid Madam and Antara Madam.

Offline Md. Nuruzzaman Moral

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Re: Learning English by using English
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2011, 01:08:54 PM »
The books of Diane Larsen-Freeman are very effective for language learners. Thank you.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2011, 01:10:48 PM by Md.Nuruzzaman Moral »

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Re: Learning English by using English
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 11:30:48 AM »
I also think so.

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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2011, 11:12:37 AM »
I am still fascinated by Larsen-Freeman! to go through it is an excellent experience