Creating or finding dialog role play scripts with a minimal amount of vocabulary, and very limited grammar structures (such as the present tense) only, is challenging. How many interesting texts can the teacher create without a fairly boring - although important - result?
Dialog role plays are extremely important for the phase when students themselves can't say much. Script performance enables students to hear repetition (as each pair acts out in front of the class after practicing for a while) and achieve fluency within that little given text.
Students, while so very limited in the basic stages of their new language learning, want to show the reality of their personal experience, originality, personality, and role plays can offer this. In simple texts there can be many actions behind the words. Just as actors don't just read the lines, so too can the language learners work to add more meaning to very basic words.
On this site the section Beginners offers a number of carefully constructed basic level scripts which I hope you will find enjoyable and useful.
If you haven't tried the abstract dialogs detailed on this site, do try. Such fun! These scripts seemingly make no sense and the students who prepare the presentation have to work out who the speakers are and what situation is being referred to. Excellent for discussion between students and then, of course, acting out is great entertainment for all.
Here are some fun ideas for writing dialogs or acting out scenes in both the ESL or any language classroom:
Two fleas discuss their home
Two tears talk about a recent problem
Two cats gossip about the dogs in their household
Two hairs left on a bald man's head talk about life
Two flies on the wall talk about a recent event
Two pieces of old fruit remaining in a bowl talk about their lives
Two earrings discuss recent fashion
Two ants speak about their last job
See more ideas on this site for topics for dialogs
A great list could be brainstormed from the group that you are going to teach - and remember to keep their suggestions. One creative mind is much smaller than lots of brains at work!
Always plan a few warm ups in order to open up the class with something interesting, unusual and communicative. These activities can be a quick round asking about something specific, for example, "What did you do in the storm yesterday?" Hand out a little gimmick, such a picture or item from a collection, and ask students to speak to the person sitting next to them, about it. Have students listen to a piece of music and write about how they feel while listening to the music. Plan something related to the theme that will be the focus of the lesson and have some fun with it during the warm up. Getting the students involved right from the beginning of the class will invite them into the lesson.
Hello fellow teachers,