Conversation for Competent Beginners
This is a collection of 26 of my best English conversation lesson handouts. Each page looks at speaking with clear examples of natural communication. Lessons are easy to teach and practice. They include language points like asking follow-up questions and adding extra information. Each one has lots of great examples, drills, 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 students already a little 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!
Conversation versus free talk
Of course, teachers want students to talk as much as possible. But imagine a class where the teacher gave a topic, and the students had a discussion. Imagine the teacher just sitting around not doing anything. Why is the teacher even in the room? Students could just as easily use an empty room to do the exact same thing. In the classroom, the very least the teacher can do is observe and give feedback.
The best teachers find a balance between independent student action and teacher input. They create chances for students to have discussion. This means helping learners express themselves more clearly each time. These teachers don’t overuse materials and don’t give too much free time either.
I can’t say I’m a great facilitator but that’s the goal. In my classes I try to limit the material time to about ten minutes. On the best days, I just give it as homework or review. So as you use this book in your class, keep the ultimate goal of student improvement in mind. The material is only a supplement to your lesson.
Whatever you do in your class, I hope you have a great time.