Role Playing Activities

Do you need a fun activity for your English class? If you are working on improving your students' vocabulary, you should try role playing!

Role play activities are lots of fun for teachers and for students. You can personalize the activity to match any vocabulary or grammar you are working on. The possibilities are endless!

For example, imagine you are studying personality vocabulary or character traits. You can assign personality cards to your students and have them introduce themselves. Maybe they are at an international meeting, or maybe they are on a cruise!


You can structure the activity however you like. Be sure to make it dynamic and fun. It should be very interactive and give everyone a chance to participate actively.

Practice the vocabulary ahead of time in class, then put it into action in your role plays!

If you want to practice a specific tense, you can also use role plays. The students can tell each other what they are doing right now, this week, etc. 


Be sure to check out our article on how to make an effective role play activity and keep the following tips in mind:
  1. Create a well-defined situation your students are in (a wedding reception, a business meeting, the circus, etc.). It can be silly!
  2. Create specific characters for each student and put the information on cards. Include name, profession, some personality traits, hobbies, etc.
  3. Give your students a specific task. They must make a complaint about a product, introduce themselves, make a hotel reservation, etc.
  4. Before you begin, make sure your students understand the vocabulary and the activity. Answer any questions they have!
  5. During the activity, let your students speak and interact. Make a list of mistakes and then correct them with the entire group later. Try to interrupt the activity as little as possible.
But above all, have fun!