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Neighbors at odds role cards - a roleplay for ESL or EFL students

Resident of APT 202:

It's 7:00 AM. You were up until 4:00 AM preparing for an important business meeting. You have to give your presentation at 9:30, and you really need another hour or two to sleep. You can't sleep because the person who lives downstairs is playing the drums.

Resident of APT 102:

It's 7:00 AM. You are a drummer, and a music major. Today is your senior recital. If you don't play well you can't graduate so you have to practice as much as possible.

Teacher's notes

1. I would consider putting 102 residents and 202 residents together before the roleplay so that they can plan what they're going to say.

2. Set the scene. In Korea, everyone seems to live in apartments so I ask if they have good neighbors or not, which provides a nice warmer for this roleplay.

3. You may want to explain a bit about how music performance majors have to give a recital to earn a music degree from an American university.

Also, see if students can perform the following functions in English: politely insist (202 resident); refuse a request (102 resident).

4. I often let the students have more than one go at it. Have all the drummers stand up and rotate clockwise or have students exchange role cards (you may want to let students have a few more minutes to plan if they're going to switch roles). If there are few students and an odd number of them I usually participate, having the students rotate so everybody has to talk to the teacher.

5. Try to provide feedback between role-plays so students can try to incorporate your advice when they do the roleplay with their next partner. I would focus more on the functions than on grammar here.