Role-play in Literature Lectures


  • Isobel Ní Riain
  • Ciarán Dawson
  • Marian McCarthy



The following article draws on research that I carried out as part of a master’s degree in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in University College Cork (UCC) between 2015-2016. I teach Irish language and literature in the Modern Irish Dept. of UCC. The intervention I used with my students was role-play which is not generally used in the teaching of Irish Literature. My research was an investigation into the learning students associate with the use of role-play in literature lectures. The findings show that while students reported learning many different things from role-play, there was no consensus as to what one could learn from the use of role-play in literature lectures. I am encouraged by the findings and will continue to use role-play in the future.1


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