Role-playing encourages student to immerse in real-world environments and somehow provides a simulated hands-on training / application of knowledge and skills.

  • Ensure students have sufficient fundamental understanding of concepts to execute the role-play.
  • You may want to brief students of rules and etiquettes prior to class (or during class).
  • Some role-play require preparation on the students’ end before class. Provide them with clear instructions on how best to prepare.
  • Create and brief students through the real-world environment they are to base their role-play on.
  • Assign roles to students to act out.
  • You may want to remind students of rules and etiquettes to conform to in this activity.
  • Provide a strict time constraint - you should help keep track of the time. 
  • It is likely not everyone will get to “perform” in the role-play when it is a big class.
  • This pedagogy often allows students to deeply immerse in the simulated environment in an emotional and cognitive manner. Provide opportunity for student reflection of what they have learnt and what they have observed from their peers’ role-play.
  • It is good to debrief after the role-playing exercise, so as to emphasise take-home message.