Opposites Roleplays

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Advanced
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Functions & Text
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 12th Apr 2017

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Opposites Roleplays
One of you tells the other person off (= criticises the other person) for doing the exact 
opposite of what you asked them to do. Possible situations:
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Making a prototype of a product

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Rearranging, designing or decorating a room or house

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Organising a conference or trade show

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Organising the schedule of a visitor from abroad

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Organising your time/ Trying to be efficient

You remember an experience or conversation that you both took part in in opposite ways, 
e.g. one of you remembers you both deciding to eat something light but the other 
remembers you both wanting something filling. Possible topics:
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A holiday (= a vacation)

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A festival or celebration

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An evening

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When you first met

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Your last lesson

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A meal/ A restaurant

Take turns saying one thing about a disappointing experience you had where everything 
was the opposite of what you expected, trying to outdo your partner in how bad the 
experience sounds. You must both talk about the same kind of experience. Possible 
situations to talk about:
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Vacations

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Dates

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Relationships/ people (family members, bosses, romantic partners, etc)

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Jobs (including workmates, workplace, etc)

You want to book or buy something together but have completely opposite ideas on what 
kind of thing is most suitable. Disagree completely with everything your partner says, then 
try to negotiate a compromise if you can. Possible topics:
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A holiday/ A hotel

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A car

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A house, or furniture for it

One of you is a customer/ guest/ passenger/ student complaining about something not be-
ing what was promised and/ or what was suitable. The person receiving the complaint po-
litely rejects all the claims, saying that it is isn’t that way, that no one said it would be that 
way, or it doesn’t need to be or shouldn’t be that way. You can roleplay the exchange face 
to face, on the phone or by email (not writing, just saying what you would write). 

Take turns boasting about your own possessions, romantic partner, children, job, skills, etc
and saying bad things about your partner’s.

Talk about romantic matches for someone (imaginary), talking about things like 
compatibility (“opposites attract” or not, etc) and previous failed relationships.
As a class, choose one of the situations/ topics above and brainstorm possible opposites.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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