Conversation for Competent Beginners
This is a collection of 26 of my best English conversation lesson handouts. Each page focusses on conversation with clear examples of natural dialogue that are easy to practice. Lessons include points like asking follow-up questions and adding extra information. Each one has lots of great examples, drills, conversations, and of course, plenty of amazing images!
Right now, teachers around the world are using this book with students of all ages. It’s perfect for people already a bit familiar with English and ready to have short, independent conversations. The pages are also easy to print or copy.
I’m sure you and your students are going to love it!
Using conversation worksheets in class
Of course we want students to feel free. But conversation is not the same as free talk. Some people try to get away with just having a chat with students and not actually helping their language improve. This is a mistake. The best teachers are facilitators. Great educators find a balance between directing classes and having students act independently. We create environments and boundaries for students to work within. These boundaries are not limitations. They are creative challenges to help students reach their speaking goals.
In my case, I use materials and worksheets as little as possible. Often, I don’t use anything at all. In a forty-five minute class, a maximum of ten minutes involve handouts. This way, the rest of the class time is used for talking.
However you conduct your classes, I hope you maximize opportunities for students to speak and engage with the language in meaningful ways.