Competition in the Role-Play Game as an Effective Technology for Teaching Adolescents (with a Foreign Language as an Example)



The article addresses the issue of using the role-play games designed to teach adolescents a foreign language. The advantages of using the role-play games compared to other traditional forms of teaching are discussed. The psychological and pedagogical functions of role-play game are presented in detail. The analysis of domestic and foreign approaches to the inclusion of role-play games in the learning process was carried out. The fundamental difference is demonstrated in the use of role-play games in the Russian and foreign educational practices. The necessity of applying role-play game for teaching adolescents is supported. The relationship between methods of game techniques construction and age-related peculiarities of adolescence are described, as well as influence of role-play games on children's development at this age, which is conditioned by the change of leading motives and the increasing role of the self-affirmation motive. Introduction of a competition element into situation of the role-play game can significantly improve learning motivation in adolescents and encourage learning a foreign language. An example of a role-play game developed in accordance with the hypothesis of the study is discussed.

General Information

Keywords: adolescence, role-play game, decrease of educational motivation, interpersonal communication, self-affirmation motive, element of competition

Journal rubric: Psychology at School

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Rubtsova O.V. Competition in the Role-Play Game as an Effective Technology for Teaching Adolescents (with a Foreign Language as an Example). Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2010. Vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 37–42. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Olga V. Rubtsova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor of the Department of "Age Psychology named after prof .L.F. Obukhova" of the Faculty of "Psychology of Education", Head of the "Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Modern Childhood", Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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