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Role play and foreign language learning helps the learners to develop speaking skills within defined social contexts. Languages are always spoken within certain defined spacio-social context. The learning of French as a foreign language in Kenya takes cognizance that oral skills are important to facilitate competent communication in any given language. The Kenyan reality of learning oral French skills within a learning set-up in Kenyan secondary schools is well presented in this text. The salient challenges are also highlighted since language learning is normally not a smooth sail for the learner and for the teacher who plays a pivotal facilitation role in guiding the learner to imbibe the vital communicative skills in the language that is being taught. On the whole role play is not just a language learning activity; it is an activity that provides impetus which propels human development in its entire gamut of activities. A conspicuous hint on the importance of role play in our daily lives is also presented in this text with some examples well presented and cited in this write-up. Stephen Kraschens Montior Model on language acquisition and the Grounded Theory which helps to interprete social research findings have been used to analyze the data which was derived from the inquiry done in the Kenyan secondary schools. The classical importance of role play and simulation in the learning process has been well underscored in this particular text.


Text Sample: Chapter 3.0, GENERAL ANAYLSIS: Role play has been around as a learning tool for a long time and it has always been in vogue, it is practical and feasible as teaching tool for oral skills. Role-play as a mode of language learning will never be an out-moded concept. In fact role-play is being used in some of the management studies for the decision-makers who give executive directives to learn how to make rational and effective decisions. Through being exposed to hypothetical and realistic scenarios in the world of work where the directors and chief executive officers hold key roles in providing leadership in these organizations. Pseudo decision making situations are improvised for them to solve using the management principles and acumen which tests their ability on how they make executive decisions. The fulcrum of these management activities rely on oral language which is used in communication. The verbal expression is essential. I would wish to corroborate this fact by referring to a definition on role play by Cohen (1988). I would wish to cite this definition verbatim: That Role play is 'participation in simulated social situations that are intended to throw light upon role/rule contexts governing 'real' life social episodes.' Herein I would wish to add professional episodes within the work space or environment. I have deviated a little bit from the actual classroom learning situation to refer to a professional context to emphasize on the genuine importance of role-play and learning per se. Role-play is not just a language learning activity. It is an activity which provides impetus that perpetuates human development in ist entire gamut of activities. Locally within the our country a few weeks before our tenth general elections since our Independence in 1963 (our national elections 10th national general elections were held early March 2013 ), the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) conducted mock elections to test their procedures before the actual elections at a few sampled ballot casting stations. This simulation was to ensure that they correct any serious anomalies and challenges which would have been encountered in the actual elections. This was an enactment of role play to fine tune an election system. Sometime in the year 2009, I did work as an interpreter (French-English) during the Bolléro International meeting which was to have an annual general meeting with all ist regional managers across the world. The Chief Executive Officer of Bolléro International insisted on rehearsing his speech and fusing in some subtle mannerisms before the actual presentation of his speech to the general plenary. He took about three hours in the evening from 17hrs to 19hrs in the evening to rehearse the speech which he was to present the next day. He insisted that he wanted to communicate effectively to the regional managers. This was another instance of role play being used to perfect effective communication. Why should a Chief Executive Officer who actually is the top most and key decision maker undergo simulation and rehearsal to present a speech? His objective was to deliver a speech with a serious punch which was to impact positively upon the regional managers to make them pro-active. As I prepared and gathered data for this text, I encountered two instances of role play on the TV5Monde - francophone international television channel. The first one was a reputed fashion and design company which wished to recruit two workers to in their fashion and design company. They had about 150 applicants. They opted to use role-play to select the best two candidates. Subtle challenges were placed in their working spaces to test their patience, resilience and how they spontaneously reacted in different situations and circumstances. Finally, the ones who displayed lots of resilience, courage and creativity above all common sense were the ones who were hired. Role play is not just a linguistic tool. It is


Auteur Odhiambo Oduke

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GTIN 9783954891672

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Nombre de pages 88

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Learning French oral skills using role play as a learning strategy: The kenyan experience

Odhiambo Oduke

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