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Have You Seen Jill? A Business ESL Role-play by Chris Gunn





Student 1 activity Sheet


Student 2 Activity Sheet





Student 1 Role Cards


Student 2 Role Cards



Purpose and Audience:

The purpose of this role-play is to get business students at levels from false beginners to intermediate to use relative clauses and describe people. The role-play is packed with verbs and expressions of things people might do around the office.


Target Language:

           Relative clauses:

          The Jill who works in accounting.


Class Set-up:

It's important to give the students some time to look over their role cards because the role cards, expecially for group 2, are quite lengthy. They will need some time to figure out any work place vocabulary items that they don't know.


The class is divided into two groups: Student Group 1 and Student Group 2. In the role-play, students from one group (student group 1) will go around the room and ask students from the other group (student group 2) if they have seen Jill using the dialogue on the activity sheets as a guide. Students from group 2 will ask the students from group 1 to clarify because there are many 'Jills' around. Group 1 students will clarify using a relative clause: The Jill who works in accounting. The Jill who got promoted last week. They will use facts such as the department Jill works in, something memorable about Jill, or a physical description of Jill.


The students from group 1 will keep clarifying until the students from group 2 finally figure out which Jill the student from group 1 is talking about. The students fill out the tables on their activity sheets recording items such as things they didn't know about Jill, the reason for looking for Jill, where Jill was last seen and what Jill was doing.





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