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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 283 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 283 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 283 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 283 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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Game, Debates

Game, Debates

Give each students two cards, agree & disagree. Read aloud a controversial statement, and have each students hold up his/her paper stating whether they agree or disagree. Choose one student f ...
9 Views 11,827 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Perks of Advertising

The Perks of Advertising

Caroline Sopelsa
, Role Playing Games
This is a speaking activity. Students must be able to think on their feet in order to sell their products to the "buyers". The idea is to use odd products that wouldn't be easily bought  to s ...
3 Views 5,099 All
Curious

Curious

BusyTeacher Contributor
Role Playing Games,
This is a question-based activity where a student will pick up a card and talk about it with his/her classmates having the opportunity to develop a conversation and be creative. This document cont ...
2 Views 5,800 Pre-Int
Impromptu Speaking in the Classroom: What Would You Do?

Impromptu Speaking in the Classroom: What Would You Do?

ROBERTA VUADEN
Students will be able to develop fluent communication strategies, improve speaking skills, discuss and expose their opinions about controversial issues. Each student will raffle a card that c ...
2 Views 6,558 IntAdv
Movie Worksheet: Brexit

Movie Worksheet: Brexit

hellen haga
After the 23rd of June, I thought about discussing the arguments which led to the referendum result. I've made 2 classes, one for intermediate students and another for upper intermediate/advanced. ...
6 Views 14,726 Int
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Face to Face Game

Face to Face Game

Anna Luara
This worksheet provides nine role play cards. They contain information related to work and study, routine, family and hobbies. Students can simply ask each other questions and collect information, ...
8 Views 34,951 ElemPre-Int
Alien Cultures Game

Alien Cultures Game

» Role Playing Games
Based on Susan Verner's article, http://busyteacher.org/17951-how-to-help-esl-students-understand-each-other.html, this is just my approach to the alien cultures game. It is probably my best lesso ...
4 Views 8,773 Pre-IntIntAdv
The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

This is a worksheet about the "Tale of the three brothers" by J.K. Rowling. Page 1 includes the first part of the tale, a vocabulary exercise and a writing activity. Page 2 includes the rest of th ...
25 Views 24,165 IntAdv
Survival Discussion Activity (Plane Crash in Canada)

Survival Discussion Activity (Plane Crash in Canada)

» Role Playing Games
A small group discussion activity that I found on the internet, used in army training for teaching survival. Contains a scenario (plane crash in Canada) and a list of 12 items. The job is to rank ...
10 Views 16,391 Pre-IntIntAdv
United Nations Game (From Graham Dixon's Article)

United Nations Game (From Graham Dixon's Article)

» Role Playing Games
Based on Graham Dixons article, http://busyteacher.org/22185-united-nations-fantastic-esl-negotiation.html, this is a summary of the relevant information, and a set of event cards for use with the ...
5 Views 7,060 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
In a Snack Bar (Roleplay)

In a Snack Bar (Roleplay)

, , , Role Playing Games
This worksheet is suitable for the roleplay. It contains a snack-bar menu and some dialogues which serve as an example. There are also some fill-in-the-blank texts. Besides the worksheet is useful ...
7 Views 22,244 ElemPre-Int
Speaking Tasks for Intermediate Speaking Tests

Speaking Tasks for Intermediate Speaking Tests

kiscsepo
This ppt consists of diverse tasks for practising speaking (e.g. picture descriptions, role plays and a mock debate). It can be used for making B2 (or upper-intermediate) level learners speak. The ...
24 Views 32,484 IntAdv
Tabloid Magazine Activity Lesson

Tabloid Magazine Activity Lesson

This is a reasonably simple lesson to run, which my students seem to enjoy. Students work for a tabloid magazine, which is suffering from poor sales, because it is very boring. They must come up w ...
3 Views 14,635 IntAdv
Directions: Asking and Giving

Directions: Asking and Giving

This PowerPoint Presentation is for the basic understanding of asking and giving directions. It includes basic vocabulary, prepositions of directions, conversations and common usages. There are al ...
30 Views 51,240 ElemPre-IntInt
Meeting New People

Meeting New People

'Meeting New People' has 5 practices that ESL students can enjoy and learn with ease. This has all reading, listening, writing and speaking aspects that can benefit the overall English language ca ...
8 Views 36,483 BegElemPre-Int
Paris Halloween Tour

Paris Halloween Tour

Florie
This is a sequence about tourism in Paris for Halloween. Students describe the scary attraction, make a brochure and a Halloween mask! They are tourist guides. They can use the indicative, imperat ...
4 Views 8,377 ElemPre-IntInt
Wrong Product; Management; Restaurant Roleplays

Wrong Product; Management; Restaurant Roleplays

» Role Playing Games
This worksheet provides you with three different role-plays for different scenarios. I have a small class that ranges from 3-5 students, so I have them practice all the scenarios. There's no prep- ...
5 Views 13,758 Pre-IntInt
Designing A Reality Show (Game/ Mingling Activity)

Designing A Reality Show (Game/ Mingling Activity)

, Role Playing Games,
Students design a reality show, and try to convince their peers to watch it. A whole class mingling activity for levels pre-intermediate and up. At least 6 students, preferably 10 to 50, ages roug ...
9 Views 14,727 Pre-IntIntAdv
Murder Story for Beginners

Murder Story for Beginners

Hellen Haga
, , Role Playing Games
This exercise was designed as extra practice when I taught verb to be in the past. You can also use to review the same verb. I tried to keep the vocaulary very simple, but if you think some words ...
15 Views 34,519 ElemPre-Int
Designing Apps Game/ Mingling Activity

Designing Apps Game/ Mingling Activity

Students create a mini company, and design and sell apps. The "design" aspect is simple, and consists of inventing a name for the app, and describing what it does. A simple, whole class mingl ...
10 Views 10,239 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Family Role-play

Family Role-play

Anne Triest
, Role Playing Games
This simple role-play has worked like magic with every class I've tried it with. I've tried to provide enough direction and suggestions that students take an interest in the activity and don't ta ...
8 Views 30,763 Int
Telco Game/Mingling Activity

Telco Game/Mingling Activity

This is a fairly simple telco lesson, mainly aimed at older teenagers and young adults. Students form groups of 3 to 5, and create a mini company, then devise and sell mobile phone plans (=cell ph ...
5 Views 9,287 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Jobs

Jobs

Luda
It will help you to improve students' speaking skills. You will know how to prepare for a job interview, what job you want to do, how to find a job, what your dream job is, what different types o ...
8 Views 26,117 Pre-IntIntAdv
Ordering Food

Ordering Food

, , Role Playing Games
This power-point presentation can be used for teaching and modeling how to order food in the class. It contains some pictures and names of different food you can ask your students to change the co ...
18 Views 32,184 Elem
Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Friend Wants to Borrow Money)

Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Friend Wants to Borrow Money)

, Role Playing Games
This is a dialogue and role play exercise. The dialogue sets the pattern of talking in English, and leads gently into the role play exercises. The whole thing took 1 hour for my Chinese middle sch ...
9 Views 21,813 ElemPre-IntIntAdv

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