Sometimes the same old exercises and games get a little too boring for your class – and thats normal.The learning process requires some switching up from time to time. Too much repetition and structure make it much harder for students to absorb and work with a new language – but a relaxed and playful environment lets them know its safe to play around with what theyre learning, and use their grammar and vocabulary in new and creative ways.

Some teachers aim to address this problem with games like hot seat and telephone – and theres nothing wrong with those games, in and of themselves. But repeating the same games every few days will bore students quickly, and make them feel like even the fun aspects of your classroom are still too rigid to really engage them. This is why new ESL teachers often find themselves looking for games and activities that break through those worn-out routines and breathe some fresh air into the class atmosphere.

If thats where youre stuck, why not help your students switch up their identities a little? s 286 free role playing game worksheets will help bring your students out of the everyday, and put them in all kinds of situations thatll challenge them to use their language skills in unusual ways. Our community of ESL teaching experts has done all the hard work for you – each worksheet provides clear and complete directions on how to set up and manage a role playing activity, so youll be ready to go as soon as you print it off.

These 286 worksheets offer role playing activities of every shape and size.Some put the students in various roles to act our common real-life situations – while others invite them to imagine voyages to foreign cities, challenge them to take on differentjobs, or even cast them as characters in movies and fictional stories. From everyday dialogues to far-flung adventures, youll find a role playing activity for any occasion among the 286 worksheets we have to offer.

Whats more, BusyTeacher.orgs worksheets cover an abundance of ESL levels and topics.Whether youre practicing basic sentence structure with students around levels two and three, or pushing for fluency with advanced students at level five, weve got a worksheet for you. In fact, many of the 286 worksheets youll find here can easily be adapted for a variety of levels. And the topics they focus on range frompronunciationtogrammartovocabulary- and beyond.

How can you be sure that these worksheets will work in your classroom? Because every single one of them was created by an ESL teacher like you, and used successfully in a classroom somewhere in the world.All the worksheets on are contributed by our community of hard-working ESL teachers all over the globe – and theyve made their resources available to you for free. Thats right – you dont have to pay, or even register, to download, print, use, or duplicate any of the worksheets on this site.

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Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Two Siblings Fight Over a Car)

Whats Your Alibi? Role Play (Past Simple vs Past Continuous)

The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

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Solving problems at a business meeting

Business GrammarSocial Issues, Role Playing Games

Print the worksheets for pupils to work in pairs. One student reads the problem the second tries to find a solution. Students can take turns to discuss the problems in the worksheet and …

Workshop Lesson: Restaurants And Menus

FoodRestaurants and Cafes, Role Playing Games,Reading Comprehension

In this lesson, students review vocabulary and grammar at A2 level related to the topic of restaurants and menus. Classroom desks are arranged into six learning islands where the stude …

Everyday Instructions How do I ask?

Questions and Short AnswersEveryday/Social EnglishDirections – Giving and Asking, Role Playing Games

This A5 booklet for adult beginners and elementary students is about helping to make appointments or phone emergency numbers. Instructional, it can be used for role-playing, with student …

Social English Conversations Speaking Cards

Business GrammarEveryday/Social EnglishSay/Tell/Speak/TalkSocial Issues, Role Playing Games

The worksheet contains three types of excersices focusing on Social English conversations. I.Chain conversations – Give each of your students a social topic to talk about and let pupils to prepa …

The Square Circle – Simple Questions Activity

P4C lesson offering topics for discussion.This can be used as a P4C lesson where the students are in a circle and choose a random sticky note off the floor. The sticky notes have prompts written o …

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TeenagersAdult Learners, Role Playing Games,Warmers and Fillers

This sample worksheet contains six role playing situations from the book ESL role plays for English teachers: 40 great role plays for ESL classes. Each role plays presents some usef …

How To Speak To Be Understood – A Funny Conversation Activity

TeenagersAdult Learners, Role Playing Games,Intonation, Rhythm and Stress

An amusing idea of how to practice intonation and communication. The students are asked to put the missing punctuation marks, make dialogues according to some specific clues, use their imagination …

Dialogue Vocabulary Sentence Starters and Responses

These phrases are useful while organising pair work during the lessons of pre-intermediate students. They can be displayed on the poster in the classroom or printed out and your students will be a …

Past SimplePresent SimpleAdult Learners, Role Playing Games

These role play cards are designed for elementary to pre-intermediate learners. There are 6 different scenarios split between the police, ambulance and fire service. Students work in pairs to prep …

Dialogue and Role Play Exercise (Two Siblings Fight Over a Car)

This is a dialogue and role play exercise. Two students fight over the car, but then, one of them goes out, and something unexpected happens. The dialogue sets the pattern of talking in English, a …

Present SimpleTeenagersMotivation, Role Playing Games

This drama is about a television talent show called World Talent, where contestants from around the world compete to see who is the most talented performer. Each week the contestants perform in fr …

TeenagersAdult LearnersSocial Issues, Role Playing Games

This worksheet contains four stories, students must choose one story and decide who of the four people they are going to help and then decide how they are going to help them to organize a charity …

Crosswords/Boardgames, Role Playing Games,Mingling Activities

Give each students two cards, agree & disagree. Read aloud a controversial statement, and have each students hold up his/her paper stating whether they agree or disagree. Choose one student f …

Advertising and Brands, Role Playing Games

This is a speaking activity. Students must be able to think on their feet in order to sell their products to the buyers. The idea is to use odd products that wouldnt be easily bought to s …

Role Playing Games,Mingling Activities

This is a question-based activity where a student will pick up a card and talk about it with his/her classmates having the opportunity to develop a conversation and be creative. This document cont …

Impromptu Speaking in the Classroom: What Would You Do?

MotivationFeelings and Emotions, Role Playing Games,Mingling Activities

Students will be able to develop fluent communication strategies, improve speaking skills, discuss and expose their opinions about controversial issues.Each student will raffle a card that c …

United Kingdom, Role Playing Games,Reading ComprehensionMovie + Video + Cartoons

After the 23rd of June, I thought about discussing the arguments which led to the referendum result. Ive made 2 classes, one for intermediate students and another for upper intermediate/advanced. …

Questions and Short AnswersPresent SimpleGetting-to-Know Each Other, Role Playing Games

This worksheet provides nine role play cards. They contain information related to work and study, routine, family and hobbies. Students can simply ask each other questions and collect information, …

Based on Susan Verners article, this is just my approach to the alien cultures game. It is probably my best less …

The Tale of the Three Brothers by J.K. Rowling

Role Playing Games,Reading ComprehensionCreative Writing Prompts

This is a worksheet about the Tale of the three brothers by J.K. Rowling. Page 1 includes the first part of the tale, a vocabulary exercise and a writing activity. Page 2 includes the rest of th …

Survival Discussion Activity (Plane Crash in Canada)

A small group discussion activity that I found on the internet, used in army training for teaching survival. Contains a scenario (plane crash in Canada) and a list of 12 items. The job is to rank …

United Nations Game (From Graham Dixons Article)

Based on Graham Dixons article, this is a summary of the relevant information, and a set of event cards for use with th …

Adult LearnersFoodRestaurants and Cafes, Role Playing Games

This worksheet is suitable for the roleplay. It contains a snack-bar menu and some dialogues which serve as an example. There are also some fill-in-the-blank texts. Besides the worksheet is useful …

Speaking Tasks for Intermediate Speaking Tests

Eating HabitsMothers DayEasterJobs and Professions, Role Playing Games,Mingling Activities

This ppt consists of diverse tasks for practising speaking (e.g. picture descriptions, role plays and a mock debate). It can be used for making B2 (or upper-intermediate) level learners speak. The …

Celebrities/BiographiesNewspaper English, Role Playing Games

This is a reasonably simple lesson to run, which my students seem to enjoy. Students work for a tabloid magazine, which is suffering from poor sales, because it is very boring. They must come up w …

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