Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Susan M. Braidi.
Frank W. Medley
Dara G. Shaw
There has been significant discussion on the use of role-play activities. Proponents of role-play believe that the activity provides learners with opportunities to communicate freely and spontaneously in different situations. However, researchers have also identified issues that may jeopardize the effectiveness of role-plays. Despite the debate, few studies have focused on the students' point of view. The current qualitative study investigated ESL students' perceptions of role-play activities drawing on observations, questionnaires, and interviews. The results showed that the participants recognized several benefits (e.g., improving oral proficiency, acquiring vocabulary, and rehearsing for real-life communication) while also acknowledging some limitations such as artificiality and lack of vocabulary and ideas.
Ramos, Flavia Bonella Ribeiro, "ESL students' perceptions of role-play activities" (2002). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 718.