Author: Mustafa Altun1
1Department of English Language Teaching, Faculty of Education, Ishik University, Erbil, Iraq
Abstract: The implementation of role-play activities leads to better communication skills because students are engaged in conversational activities. Teaching English language through role-play is very influential in that it enhances students‟ exposure to language which is considered as the key factor to speed up the language learning process. Students via producing speech in role-play activities can have a good command of communicative competence. Moreover, conduct of role-play activities can provide a stress free learning environment where students enjoy using the language. Role-play activities will enable students to gain self-confidence and consequently they will stand a better chance of promoting their speaking skills. Students are motivated to use the language effectively through role-play activities. This study aims to explore the benefits of role-play activities in developing speaking skills. It has been found that role-play activities impact speaking skills of foreign language learners.
Keywords: Communication, Communicative Competence, Motivation, Role-play Activities
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International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies
ISSN 2409-1294 (Print), June 2014, Vol.1, No.4