Role play in the curriculum of the English for Specific Purposes classes at the university level

Безпалова, Наталія Петрівна and Книшевицька, Лілія Володимирівна (2019) Role play in the curriculum of the English for Specific Purposes classes at the university level Наукові праці Кам'янець-Подільського національного університету імені Івана Огієнка. Філологічні науки (49). pp. 55-59. ISSN 2309-9771

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Abstract

The article discusses stages, technology and advantages of the role play that is successfully incorporated into the curriculum of the English language classes in the higher education institution. It overviews extensive body of literature that sets grounds for interactive techniques in language learning. The authors provide practical recommendations for its integration into educational process and discuss advantages of its use. The main objective of the study is to analyze the ways in which the use of an interactive student-centered approach in the English class contributes to socio-cultural, pragmatic and linguistic competence of the university students enrolled into English for Specific purposes classes at Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University. The participants of the study were students of the first and second years of study. In order to use the role play in the educational process, the instructors set goals and objectives that met the criteria of an interactive activity in the classroom such as developing and distributing individual roles for each student, observing time constraints, using rules of 'only English ' and polite and tolerant interaction of the participants. In the center of attention is a team-based psychological role-playing game with a detective story that models the struggles of an informed minority against an unorganized majority. The plot of the game centers around residents of the city, exhausted from the rampage of criminal groups. They decide to put all the criminals in prison. In response, the criminals start a war to completely destroy all civilians. The keynote of the game is the ontological struggle of good against evil. The students' learning activities during the game are subject to the rules, and the successful completion of the learning objective is related to its outcome. The results of the study showed clear advantages of the use of the interactive method while teaching English . The technique is recommended for use in English as a Foreign Language classes at the university level . It increases educational motivation and boosts interest in the course. Performing a role-based task allows the students to liberate their personality, to unleash their creativity without discomfort (and fear of interpersonal conflicts), to criticize, ask questions, evaluate others' performances, and at the same time - more carefully prepare for their own roles , knowing that they will be the object of attention not only of the instructor, but also of the peers. In addition, the proposed methodology develops not only specific professional and linguistic competences, allows not only to acquire the content of education directly stipulated by the plan of practical training, but also to develop communicative leadership competencies, in particular skills of public speaking, negotiation, consistent and logical presentation of the material, successful interaction and many more that, in turn, will be very helpful for our students in their future personal and professional lives.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: role play, authentic materials, stages of the game, flexibility, professional and personal growth, leadership, language competence, creativity, innovation.
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
Articles in journals > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Факультети > Факультет права та міжнародних відносин > Кафедра іноземних мов
Depositing User: Наталія Петрівна Безпалова
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2019 08:57
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 08:57
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/28346

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