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Sometimes the same old exercises and games get a little too boring for your class - and that’s normal. The learning process requires some switching up from time to time. Too much repetition and structure make it much harder for students to absorb and work with a new language - but a relaxed and playful environment lets them know it’s safe to play around with what they’re learning, and use their grammar and vocabulary in new and creative ways.

Some teachers aim to address this problem with games like “hot seat” and “telephone” - and there’s nothing wrong with those games, in and of themselves. But repeating the same games every few days will bore students quickly, and make them feel like even the “fun” aspects of your classroom are still too rigid to really engage them. This is why new ESL teachers often find themselves looking for games and activities that break through those worn-out routines and breathe some fresh air into the class atmosphere.

If that’s where you’re stuck, why not help your students switch up their identities a little? BusyTeacher.org’s 258 free role playing game worksheets will help bring your students out of the everyday, and put them in all kinds of situations that’ll challenge them to use their language skills in unusual ways. Our community of ESL teaching experts has done all the hard work for you - each worksheet provides clear and complete directions on how to set up and manage a role playing activity, so you’ll be ready to go as soon as you print it off.

These 258 worksheets offer role playing activities of every shape and size. Some put the students in various roles to act our common real-life situations - while others invite them to imagine voyages to foreign cities, challenge them to take on different jobs, or even cast them as characters in movies and fictional stories. From everyday dialogues to far-flung adventures, you’ll find a role playing activity for any occasion among the 258 worksheets we have to offer.

What’s more, BusyTeacher.org’s worksheets cover an abundance of ESL levels and topics. Whether you’re practicing basic sentence structure with students around levels two and three, or pushing for fluency with advanced students at level five, we’ve got a worksheet for you. In fact, many of the 258 worksheets you’ll find here can easily be adapted for a variety of levels. And the topics they focus on range from pronunciation to grammar to vocabulary - and beyond.

How can you be sure that these worksheets will work in your classroom? Because every single one of them was created by an ESL teacher like you, and used successfully in a classroom somewhere in the world. All the worksheets on BusyTeacher.org are contributed by our community of hard-working ESL teachers all over the globe - and they’ve made their resources available to you for free. That’s right - you don’t have to pay, or even register, to download, print, use, or duplicate any of the worksheets on this site.

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Smoking Role-Plays

Smoking Role-Plays

Sarah May-Stein
, , Role Playing Games
This is a sheet of 5 role plays dealing with interesting scenarios one might encounter when dealing with a smoker or being a smoker. While the sheet gives some details about the character to be pl ...
4 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Passive Role-play: Blame It on Your Dog

Passive Role-play: Blame It on Your Dog

, Role Playing Games
This worksheet is a fun role-play to practice the passive voice (either past simple passive or present perfect passive). Students are to play a role of an infuriated parent, boss or teacher a ...
7 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
3 Days in Toronto: Suggested Itineraries

3 Days in Toronto: Suggested Itineraries

Ana Carvalho
, , Role Playing Games
This class involves reading, writing and speaking skills. Students are supposed to read the website page that shows options of travel packages, choose the ones they consider interesting and build ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Speaking Club Lesson Plan

Speaking Club Lesson Plan

, Role Playing Games
A lesson plan for a speaking club meeting at the end of which students will make a presentation of their project and film an advertising campaign video. The topic of the project is how to imp ...
6 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Hedbanz Cards

Hedbanz Cards

These are 45 printable and editable Hedbanz(R) cards. This game provides a lot of fun while allowing kids to practise question forms.For this game you will also need headbands, some chips and prob ...
17 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
At the Restaurant - Listening Exercise and Phrases

At the Restaurant - Listening Exercise and Phrases

Listening comprehension exercise (taken from: http://www.passporttoenglish.com/Beginning-English/Lesson7/Listening.html and http://www.esl-lab.com/pie1/pierd1.htm) plus phrases to be complete ...
11 Pre-Intermediate
At the Information Desk

At the Information Desk

, , Role Playing Games
At the Information Office is an activity inspired by one of the functional language lessons of Challenges 2 (Pearson coursebook). The procedure I used was the following: 1. Give your ss a chance t ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Let's Visit Dublin!

Let's Visit Dublin!

This is a pairwork using "want to" and "would like to". Students imagine themselves in Dublin City. One student is a tourist guide advising nice places to visit and the other one is a touris ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Jobs - Presenting a Job

Movie Worksheet: Jobs - Presenting a Job

A visual comprehension exercise, done in the middle of a lesson plan, that gets the students talking about what they saw. Body language plays a very important role in this activity and really mak ...
8 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Frozen Easy Role Play

Frozen Easy Role Play

» Role Playing Games
This is a role play 3-4-5- graders love to do. They dress up like prince and princess, they use swords and pixie dust. They can practise the modal can, must, present progressive and present simple ...
3 Elementary
The Mystery of Boscombe Valley

The Mystery of Boscombe Valley

Role Playing Games,
This worksheet will be good when reading Sherlock Holmes detective stories. The learning will be more interesting when using drama and roleplays. First, you should read with students "The Mystery ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Information Gap Task 3/4: Job Opportunities

Information Gap Task 3/4: Job Opportunities

Sirhajwan Idek
, Role Playing Games
The information gap tasks consists of two versions, one version is a collection of advertisements on jobs (6 jobs) and another version is an email, followed by information transfer, sentence const ...
8 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Treasure Hunt: Car Problems 2

Treasure Hunt: Car Problems 2

» Role Playing Games
Here are the guidelines to my previous worksheet (the flashcards). They're the rules to this treasure hunt, and they describe how the game should be played. Each character has a very precise path ...
2 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Treasure Hunt: Car Problems (Flashcards)

Treasure Hunt: Car Problems (Flashcards)

» Role Playing Games
Here are flashcards for a treasure hunt that I created: the goal is to make your students speak English and interact, but also have a good time together. The instructions come in another post.&nbs ...
1 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Everyday Responses

Everyday Responses

, , , Role Playing Games
This is a worksheet I wrote to use with an adult Business English student. It is appropriate for any level from pre-intermediate upwards. It aims to teach the student how to react to normal, unexp ...
9 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Plans for B-day Party (Future Simple)

Plans for B-day Party (Future Simple)

, , , Role Playing Games
A worksheet is dedicated to future simple usage. There you can find a dialogue about planning a birthday party, all sentences with future simple are highlited. It can help students to understand i ...
2 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
In a Snack Bar - Roleplay

In a Snack Bar - Roleplay

This worksheet contains 2 exercises and a roleplaying game. It´s made for beginners, but could be also a good practice for elementary students. In the first exercise students review the pric ...
10 Complete BeginnerElementary
It's Movie Time

It's Movie Time

, Role Playing Games
This worksheet is a kind of speaking practice. Provided for teenagers, especially the first level of secondary school students. It's designed with some pictures in order to give a stimulus for the ...
14 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Zodiac Class

Zodiac Class

Activity used for teaching or reviewing personal characteristics, based on the star signs. Teacher makes a copy of the exercise for each student and tells them that they have to read the person c ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Assertive Communication - Saying 'No' Assertively

Assertive Communication - Saying 'No' Assertively

, Role Playing Games
This hand-out is aimed to teach teenagers as well as adult learners how to communicate assertively in day to day situations. It contains explanations for assertive, aggressive and passive beh ...
8 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
How about Thai Food?- Funny Speaking about Food

How about Thai Food?- Funny Speaking about Food

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This is a simple but funny activity I use with my intermediate students, but it can be adapted to almost all levels. There are 5 different prompts with some information about the character's likes ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
At a Party: Meet New People (Role Play Cards)

At a Party: Meet New People (Role Play Cards)

I've designed these 18 role cards for a small group of adults who need to review basic introductions. Each card gives the student a role freely based on a celebrity. Then I tell them they all ...
23 Complete BeginnerElementary
Job Adverts (Fake) and Interview Questions

Job Adverts (Fake) and Interview Questions

, Role Playing Games
The worksheet includes 7 different job adverts and two sets of job interview questions to help provide students with a focus and springboard for "Job Interview" practice. I used the materials in ...
10 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Alice in Wonderland Roleplay

Alice in Wonderland Roleplay

Role Playing Games,
This is a roleplay about the classical story for kids Alice in Wonderland. It was made based on the Walt Disney movie using the main characters of the film. It can be represented for an end of sem ...
9 Complete BeginnerElementary
Song Worksheet: Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer

Song Worksheet: Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer

Role Playing Games,
This is a 2-activity worksheet based on John Mayer´s record "Dreaming with a broken heart". Elementary students will do just fine with it as long as they are familiar with basic verb tenses ...
3 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate

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