Adult Learning Activities | California Distance Learning Project Story List Select the name of the story you want to read, or pick another topic. NOTE: Some of these stories came from news stories, which may be old. Advertisement Site Support Copyright ©2005-2011. How to Come Up with Good Conversation Topics (with Sample Topics) Expert Reviewed Four Parts:Learning About Basic Conversation StartersExtending the ConversationPushing BoundariesConversation HelpCommunity Q&A Even if you're good with people, there are likely times when you're stuck for something more to say and start wondering what topic to bring up next. To come up with good conversation topics, you should prepare a mental list of ideas beforehand so that you can seamlessly pull up one idea and continue on with your chat. Form conversation around the other person, tailoring the topic based on how well you know him or her, and give the other person equal opportunity to steer the conversation in other directions. Steps Part 1 Learning About Basic Conversation Starters Part 2 Extending the Conversation Part 3 Pushing Boundaries Community Q&A Add New Question Is it normal to get nervous talking to a cute girl? Ask a Question If this question (or a similar one) is answered twice in this section, please click here to let us know. Please use 700 characters or less.
Podcasting for ELT What podcasting is Types of ELT podcasts Using podcasts in class and for homework How to subscribe Producing your own podcast What you need Conclusion What podcasting is Podcasting (a portmanteau of the words iPod and broadcasting) is the name given to the publishing of audio (usually mp3 files) via the Internet, designed to be downloaded and listened to on a portable mp3 player of any type, or on a personal computer. Podcasting has now become popular as an alternative way of providing 'radio' type content that can be listened to whenever, wherever and as many times as the listener wants. The idea that a podcast can be produced by just about anyone with access to the Internet has generated a lot of interest in educational circles. In ELT, the appeal is not only in providing additional listening input for students, but that students themselves can become involved in recording and producing the podcast. Using podcasts in class and for homework Most podcasts use a weblog as their homepage.
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? Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions. We’ve selected 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used previously in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” Below, we offer ideas from students and teachers who have engaged with these images for ways to use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills. 1. I stumbled across your site while looking for alternate ideas. Indeed, practicing visual thinking skills with these images can be fun and a quick activity, but it can also hone important skills that transfer to other texts. 2. 3. 4.
Internet TESL Journal (For ESL/EFL Teachers) How to Start a Conversation When You Have Nothing to Talk About (with Examples) Edit Article Sample HintsStarting Your Conversation Edited by Anthony J. Starting a conversation to get to know someone or breaking an awkward silence can be very stressful. Ad Steps Starting Your Conversation 1Introduce yourself if necessary. 10Maintain the equilibrium. Tips Follow the lead that your listener is expressing. Warnings Make use of "please", "may I", "thank you", "could you" when someone is nice to you and when you want something.
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. In Asia, conversation is similar to a bowling game allowing each person to take his or her turn while the others listen patiently. Speaking English can be compared to playing a game of tennis. Simple Conversation Strategies Use question words: Continue a conversation by using the 5 Wh question words and the one H question word (e.g., Who, What, When, Where, Why, How). How to Get Students Speaking Free speaking or Free Talk activities can help build student confidence. See the Downloads section for the Free Speaking Procedure and Partner Assignment Sheet. See also:
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? Read more… Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 1. Read more… Updated: Sept. 25, 2015 1. Read more… Updated: Sept. 18, 2015 Welcome back, students and teachers. We’re excited to begin our fourth year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?” We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an interschool conversation. Please note that we’re delaying the reveal until Friday mornings this year to allow students additional time to comment on the image and to reply to other students. Thank you for participating. Read more… Updated: June 2, 2015 Note: This is our final “What’s Going On in This Picture?” 1. What’s going on in this picture? Read more… Updated: May 19, 2015 Note: We’ve switched to the more advanced commenting system used by the rest of The New York Times. That’s all.
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Motivating speaking activities for lower levels | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC 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. 1. Definitions lists This activity is good for activating existing vocabulary or revising vocabulary studied in previous lessons. Procedure Choose a vocabulary topic (this can be vocabulary you have recently studied or a topic you want to introduce). A faster-moving, fun alternative to this activity is a team game. 2. 3. This is a variation on the above activity and is great for practising adjectives. 4. 5. 6.
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