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The researcher's belief in the communicative approach to teaching language led him to research how instruction can be arranged to bring about low-level / low-literacy students' success with a communicative, meaningful role play task. Often low-level learners struggle with how to complete communicative activities. In a three week unit, the researcher taught a level one ESL class the skills needed to do a role play activity, and on the last day the students attempted to prepare and present role plays of calling to make a doctor's appointment. Data was collected through field notes, audio-recordings of role play presentations, and student questionnaires. Results showed that the students enjoyed the role play activity and did not find it too challenging. The research showed that progression from simple, more guided activities to more advanced, less supported can be an effective approach to teaching a communicative task in a low-level classroom.