How might Kirsten reflect on the role-play activity? Answer the following questions to provide a reflective practice framework for this activity.
What was the nature of the critical incident when Kirsten decided to let the learners choose their own roles? Consider the following categories and decide which is the most appropriate and why, then type your answer in the box below.
This critical incident is mainly linked to methodology issues around role-play development (see the links for more information). Kirsten needs to know more about the relationship between listening and speaking, and their position as input and output skills. The role play needs to be developed in stages, with a listening stage to establish the key forms of language required and to present a model into which learners' content can be placed.
She could also have both elicited and modelled the language forms needed for the role play. Affective factors also come into play here and, while role play is a useful tool for bringing realism into the classroom, it needs to be carefully constructed to develop language learning.