1. Speaking Class (role play)

  • Year 12
  • Topic: post school options - working in Japan
  • In previous classes, students learnt how to write a resume and what kind of questions are asked in a job interview, as well as grammar and vocabulary that may be used in this situation


Teaching sequence

1. Preparing role play

  1. Students read a cartoon that tells Hiroshi’s story about a job interview in Japan.
  2. The teacher asks students why they think he failed the interview.
  3. Students find inappropriate behaviour (manner) in the cartoon, and discuss alternative appropriate behaviour.
  4. Students discuss the difference between Australia and Japan in terms of manner in job interviews.

 the cartoon used in this class


2. Role play

  1. Scene setting: English school in Japan / applicant apply for a position of an English teacher
  2. Students decide their role: a Receptionist, an Interviewer, or an Applicant.
  3. Students are divided into three groups of the same role.
  4. In the group, students talk about what they are going to do (talk) in the role play using the clue card and practice.
  5. Students act it out.


 3. Evaluate Role play

Clue card


A Receptionist:


  • What kind of manner do you need? (What kind of form should you use?)
  • You need to confirm the applicant’s appointment



An Interviewer:


  • What kind of manner do you need? (What kind of form should you use?)
  • Decide your criteria (What are you going to check?)
  • What questions are you going to ask?



An Applicant:


  • What kind of manner do you need? (What kind of form should you use?)
  • Think about what kind of attitude might give the interviewer a good impression of you and try that in the role play!



Students enjoyed the cartoon and role play.  They employed many non-verbal skills in the role play.  However, the ending of the role play was not working well since I did not teach them how to close the conversation.  This made me realise the importance of teaching opening and closing conversations in speaking classes.


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