Session 3 – Introduction to Role-play and Debating

The aim of this session is to guide educators in using role-play and debating activities in their education provision with migrant learners to build basic entrepreneurial skills. The aim of these activities is to show how role-play can be used to build confidence in learners who are only starting out in entrepreneurship and may lack experience. Therefore, through role-play, they can gain experience of presenting to potential investors, pitching an idea, presenting a brand or marketing strategy, dealing with a difficult supplier, or conducting market research, for example. Similarly, through debating, learners can develop their negotiation skills which are a key skill for entrepreneurs to have. As such, in this session, we aim to present these different activities to educators and provide them with support and guidance on how to integrate these activities into their teaching practice.

By complete this session, educators will be able to will apply practical activities that use role-play and debating to build entrepreneurial skills in migrant learners.

  1. To begin this session, review the following videos to gain an insight into the benefits of role-play, and to see an example of role-play in action in a business setting.
  2. Review these PowerPoint slides to gain an overview of the benefits and challenges of using role-play and debating activities in multicultural settings, and also includes some tips and recommendations r to follow when getting started with using these techniques in a classroom setting. The PowerPoint slides ends with a series of 5-10 different topics related to entrepreneurship that can form the basis of debating activities. These topics relate to aspects of a business that learners will need to negotiate over, and so these ‘debating activities’ will be delivered through negotiating in pairs.
  3. Review this range of 10 different role-play scenarios that can be used in a group of migrant learners to build their confidence and basic skills as entrepreneurs!
  4. Complete a series of self-reflection questions to assess how you will integrate these approaches into your teaching practice.