Time to play

12th October 2007 at 01:00

Ages 11 to 16

Role play practice for key stages 3 and 4 in the classroom can be drab. Make things more motivating by allowing pupils to dress up and get into character. Let them put on wigs and dressing-up clothes and even give them a list of impersonations or impressions they can choose from.

They can then come up to the front of the class and perform in character. I find this works for pupils with little enthusiasm for languages, for lower ability pupils, or even top-set pupils who are very shy and don't speak out much in lessons let them get into their role and watch them go

Fliss Compton teaches languages at Woodlands School in Basildon, Essex

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