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TESOL - Conversation Strategies

TESOL - Conversation Strategies
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This is a collection of 24 activities for pair and small group conversation practice that will develop strategic conversation skills. Each activity has three parts: a teachers introduction, a student exercise to be done individually, and a pair/group practice.

What are Conversation Strategies? They are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. They are skills that supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: grammar, vocabulary, and usage.

To develop strategic competence, students must learn the words, phrases, and conventions used as two speakers engage in the active give-and-take of conversation. These are the strategies we use to get more information, make comparisons, correct someone politely, agree and disagree, summarize, share information, and make decisions in a business meeting. Students also practice polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions, getting a response, expressing probability, interrupting, and avoiding conversation killers.

Each activity has three parts: a teacher's introduction, a written introductory exercise to be done by students individually, and pair/group practice that makes use of information gap and other interactive formats.

Each fun, student-centered activity begins with controlled language and moves to open, imaginative exchanges. The work is enjoyable for students and teacher. Easy to use in any intermediate level class.


Product ID: 31560     ISBN-13: 9780866470827     ISBN-10: 0866470824
Categories: Classroom/Schools, Classroom/Teaching Materials, ESL Lessons
Supporting language: English
Platforms/media types: Printed Matter