Tips and Tricks for Preparing for a Role Play Assessment

Role-play is a technique that allows students to explore realistic situations by interacting with other people in a managed way in order to develop experience and trial different strategies in a supported environment

Benefits of Role Play Assessment

  • Motivates and allows you to engage with others
  • Enhancement of learning strategies
  • Provides real-world scenarios to help your learn
  • Learn skills used in real-world situations (negotiation, debate, teamwork, cooperation, persuasion)
  • Provides opportunities for observation of peers

How to Prepare for Role Play Assessment

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To start the process, gather the people together who will be participating in your role play, introduce the problem, and encourage an open discussion to uncover all of the relevant information. This will help people to start thinking about the problem before the role play begins.

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Next, set up the scenario in enough detail for it to feel ‘real’. Make sure that everyone is clear about the problem that you're trying to work through during each role play, and that they know what you wish to achieve by the end of the end of each role play.

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Once you've set the scene, identify the various fictional characters involved in each scenario.

 

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Once you've identified these roles, allocate them to the people involved in your role play; they should use their imagination to put themselves inside the minds of the people that they're representing. This involves trying to understand their perspectives, goals, motivations, and feelings when they play their part in your role play.

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Practice your role play prior to recording it. Each person can assume their role, and act out the scenario, trying different approaches and responses where appropriate.

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Record your role play.

Further Tips

To make role-playing less threatening, start with a demonstration. Hand two "actors" a prepared script, give them a few minutes to prepare, and have them act out the role-play in front of the rest of the group. This approach is more likely to succeed if you choose two outgoing people, or if you're one of the actors in the demonstration.

Another technique for helping people feel more comfortable is to allow them to coach you during the demonstration. For instance, if you're playing the role of a customer service representative who's dealing with an upset client, people could suggest what you could do to help the situation.

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