How to Come Up with Good Conversation Topics (with Sample Topics) Edit Article Basic Conversation StartersExtending the ConversationPushing BoundariesConversation Help Edited by Cheyanna1, Brandywine, Glutted, Ben Rubenstein and 113 others Getting to know other people is a typical activity in our daily lives. Even if you're good with people, there are likely to be times when you're stuck for something more to say and start wondering what topic to bring up next. Having a mental list of ideas for conversation topics ready prepared means you need never panic as to what to say next. 10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon?
How to Start a Conversation When You Have Nothing to Talk About (with Examples) Edit Article Sample HintsStarting Your Conversation Edited by Anthony J. What’s Going On in This Picture - The Learning Network Blog - The New York Times Photo Students 1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions: What is going on in this picture? Conversation Questions for the ESL/EFL Classroom If this is your first time here, then read the Teacher's Guide to Using These PagesIf you can think of a good question for any list, please send it to us. Home | Articles | Lessons | Techniques | Questions | Games | Jokes | Things for Teachers | Links | Activities for ESL Students Would you like to help? Motivating speaking activities for lower levels Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks. Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate ‘thinking time’ during which learners can prepare for speaking by planning what they are going to say, and asking the teacher or using a dictionary to look up missing vocabulary. The following activities are relatively short, with minimal materials preparation time for the teacher. They are designed for use as a warmer or a filler in the middle or at the end of a class. Definitions lists This activity is good for activating existing vocabulary or revising vocabulary studied in previous lessons.
ESL Conversation www.EFLSensei.com While teaching in Japan and China, I saw the need for students to improve their communication skills. Jump to ESL Conversation Topics They desperately needed to work on conversation strategies, build confidence when speaking, and prepare for speaking English outside of the classroom. Simple ESL conversation strategies are sometimes unknown to the students. Describing photos (comparing, contrasting and speculating) You are going to practise language for; Describing photosComparing and contrasting photos (discussing similarities and differences)Speculating on what might be happeningReacting to photos (giving opinions) Discuss Look at the presentation.
Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation. The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea?' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking?' Ask questions so that you understand each other's ideas. 101 Conversation Starters (Also see How to Start a Conversation) Ice Breakers Where did you grow up?Do you have any pets?Do you have any siblings?Do you know what your your name means? List of Conversation Topics One of the most frustrating things I have ever experienced around a girl, is if I and her run out of things to talk about. Since you found this post I assume you know what I’m talking about, and maybe you are interested in learning how to avoid awkward silence. I’m thinking about the teeth pooling moments where the awkward silence just takes over the situation, you are just sitting their smiling while desperately in your mind scrambling for something just mildly interesting say, but you just can think of anything, you mind is a total black out, you can’t even remember your own name at this point.
10 MORE NO PREP TEFL Activities - Traveling Banana Wow! Thanks for all the love everybody! My post about 12 No-Prep TEFL Activities was so well received I’ve decided to compile 10 MORE NO-PREP TEFL Activities! So happy to help my fellow teachers! Some of these are a little more geared towards adults but all can be adapted for any level. Speaking aids Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood. Why use speaking aids Post-it notes Walls Coloured paper Small objects To control turn-taking As metaphors Conclusion Why use speaking aids In contrast, we often expect that our students have the right mood to speak without having anything that would help them to be in the right mood to speak, or any prompt that would help the flow of ideas. These small prompts or small speaking aids get especially important when children get into the age when they want to speak about themselves more than e.g. about the little animals or fairies in a tale.