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Let’s Talk About: Power

A role play area is a fun and a ‘playful’ activity but also a key component in language learning. It is a safe space that develops speaking and listening skills, as well as giving us the opportunity to become more confident with a new topic, vocabulary item or grammar structure.

All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you can find vocabulary and role play materials which we use during our Conversation Club sessions in Zoom, but which you can also use on your own.

For A1-A2 Levels

Please, review the vocabulary related to the topic. It will help you feel more confident when role-playing and – if you find any words that are entirely new to you, make sure you write them down and use them in the Conversation Club meeting.

PART 1: Warm Up

What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘power’?
Do you have power? Would you like to have more or less power than you currently do?
What are the pros and cons of having power / being powerful?
Does your country have a lot of power?

When was the last time there was a power struggle in:

a) your country?

b) your family?

c) your workplace?

Tell us about it using the Job Interview Structure called the STAR Strategy

  • Situation: Who was involved, what was the context
  • Task: What happened / was supposed to happen
  • Action: Who did what
  • Result: What was the result

Sample STAR Answer: (S) My Dog, May and I are involved in a constant power struggle during our morning walks. (T) We go out for approximately 30-40 minutes and meet all of May’s dog friends in a park. The dogs play, the dog-parents yawn and gossip – your average morning situation.

But May is never ready for us to go back home and when I call her to me at the end of the playtime, she tries to hide behind trees, bushes or other dogs in hope that I won’t see her. (A) One morning, when she hid again, I decided to take a different approach – I didn’t call her but instead announced very loudly that I was leaving the park, going home and not waiting for any invisible dogs. (R) She got so worried that I’d leave her in the park that she came back running and did not try to hide since then. I am not fooling myself, though. This power struggle is far from over and we both know it!

Part 3: Electricity

Do you worry about your electricity bill?

Can you think of any alternatives to electricity?

Do you ever have power cuts in your town?

Do you have enough electrical sockets in your house for all of your electrical appliances?

Do you have any problems with electricity when you travel to another country?

PART 4: Dig Deep

What do you know about the history of electricity?

Check the visual aids below and on the right and share with your Club Partner 3 things you found new or curious.


All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming

Self Study Suggestions:

Here is a short video encourage you to watch. You can comment and discuss it in our Whatsapp Group!