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ESL talk show role-play lesson plan for TESOL TESL TEFL communicative classes

Objective- To practice asking and answering questions. This is based on the "Talk Show" idea on p.124 of Keep Talking by F. Klippel:

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1. The first step is to divide the class into groups. I found that four groups of four worked perfectly. Ask learners what they know about talk shows and tell them that they will be putting on a talk show in fornt of the class.

2. Each group will need a topic. I suggested food/health/diets/exercise, sports, holidays/customs/culture, travel, and entertainment (movies/TV/Music). I also told students that they could make their own topic.

3. Next, each student needs a role to play. One learner from each group will be the talk show host. The other students can choose roles according to their topic. Some possibilities:

Sports: a soccer player like Beckham, Henri, or an unknown, a baseball player (a student in my class chose to be an unheard of minor leaguer and he was hilarious), an agent like Jerry Macguire, a basketball player, a coach, a scout, a general manager, a team owner, a referee, an Olympian, etc.
Food et al: a doctor, a personal trainer, a person who has tried and failed many diets, etc.
Travel: a traveler, a travel agent, a flight attendant, a tour guide, etc.
Entertainment: a singer, an actor/actress (TV/movies), an agent, a groupie, etc.
Holiday/culture: a sociologist, a wedding planner, a historian, etc. (my students said that this topic was too difficult).

4. I gave my students about an hour to plan ten minute shows. We did some question formation grammar exercises from Interactions 1 and then I asked students to make a few questions for their talk show using the grammar. Then we studied the grammar for another type of question and again students created a few for their shows. We did this for "Be" questions, "Do" questions, and "Wh" questions.

5. Students perform their shows in front of the class. After each show questions from the audience can be encouraged.