As we all know, there is no better way to learn to speak a language than to converse in the language. I study Portuguese every day, and have now reached the point where I am having conversations with myself! Not cute. So, why don’t we get together once once every few weeks to practice speaking with given situations?
Below, I have listed 8 of several situations I gathered from the internet, which can be played out as simply or complex as we like. For the first meetup, perhaps we can all agree on 3 situations, study and practice the language required to play each of the roles in each chosen situation, and then meet up for 1.5 hours or so to play out the situations in small groups? Perhaps our native/fluent speakers might join us as oversight to ensure that we’re not teaching each other incorrect language?
From ultra-beginner to super-advanced, this kind of dialoguing can help us learn with each other, as well as from each other!
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, please post your TOP 4 scenarios that you would be willing to prepare, and we will narrow it down to 3 scenarios for our first meetup.
2 – 4 Character Role Plays
1) You are planning a trip to Rio de Janiero (2 characters)
• One Student plays the traveler and one plays the travel agent
• Traveler asks about price, departure, arrival times, general questions about the flight & accommodations, tourist activities
2) At the restaurant: Splitting the bill (2-3 characters)
• Two or more students are at a restaurant trying to split a bill
• Students must decide how much each will pay and what tender, who will leave a tip, etc
• One student can be added to play the waiter
3) You are an American student who has just moved to São Paulo to spend a year studying abroad (2-3 characters)
• One student plays your neighbor in the student dorm/apartment/suite mate while the other is the new arrival
• The American students is a bit lost and asks several questions: where classes are, how to get to the various classes, where to shop for groceries etc
• The Brazilian student gives explanations and advice
4) You are moving and want to sell your furniture (2-3 characters)
• One or more students stop by and want to buy your furniture
• Students practice negotiating prices and furniture vocabulary
5) Students discuss shopping for cars (3-4 characters)
• A small group of students is out shopping for cars
• Students discuss what type of cars and characteristics in a car they are looking for, as well as price range
• One student plays a salesperson who tries to convince students to buy a car
6) Students have just won the lottery (2-4 characters)
• Discuss what they would do with the money
• It can be required that they reach a consensus and must spend the money on something beneficial
7) It is your first day on the job, and you are having lunch with peers on your project team. (2-3 characters)
• Ask your teammate questions about how teammates interact with one another
• Ask about individual attitudes and cultural norms
• Find out if there are any coworkers to beware, or befriend
8) Students act out a scene from a popular fairy tale, or create their own
• Very open-ended role-playing situation where students can be creative