Role Play


Mainus Sultan

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These manuals were made possible through the support from the University Development Linkages Project, Global Bureau, Human Capacity Development Center, U.S. Agency for International Development under the terms of Cooperative Agreement No. DAN-5063-A-00-1108-00.


A manual which introduces creative strategies for the use of role play to stimulate discussion, analysis and writing activities that are based on the daily lives of literacy learners. The information is based on the author’s experience working with literacy groups in Bangladesh and in the U.S.

The purpose of this manual is to help practitioners use role play as a tool for creating learner-generated activities in a literacy class, or in a facilitator training program. This manual provides a framework to help you understand the concept of role play and how it can be part of an adult literacy program. Included is a detailed discussion of the process of role play implementation. The step-by-step presentation is intended to help you generate your own ideas for role play, as well as to encourage the learners to conceive of, and implement, their own role play.

This manual is intended for literacy and nonformal education practitioners, and for facilitators, and supervisors.

The manual can serve as a starting point for using role play in a literacy class or in a facilitator training. Read the contents and consider how this material applies to your situation. Work through the different activities. Upon completion of the activities, either write a brief report or record the learner-generated ideas and the role play process.

Book Series Title

Literacy Linkage Series Manual