Conversation for Competent Beginners


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Conversation for Competent Beginners is a collection of 26 of the best lesson handouts for English learners practicing speaking. Each lesson focuses on conversation through clear, easy-to-drill examples, natural dialogue, and speaking techniques.  Some of these include asking follow-up questions and adding extra information in easy ways. Teachers use it with students already familiar with English and ready to have short conversations.

The pages are easy to print with lots of great examples, replacement drills, and dialogues for students to review. And of course, lots of amazing images. As a result, you and your students are going to love it. Not only that, but purchasing the book helps support all the free materials here on the site.

What’s in the book?

Greetings – starting conversations, introductions
Jobs – adding information
Coworkers – personalities
Yesterday – past, adding information
Have you ever been to__? – home town, grew up

Weather – describing weather in different places, seasons
Sports – using do, go, play
Last – When did you ___ last? – experience
Family – brothers/sisters, yes/no questions, relationships
Neighborhood – places to live, locations

How long – does it take?
Future – going to, probably going to, might, negatives
Invitations – do you want to, let’s
Time – future, going to, clock time
Likes – sports, movies, games, pastimes

Pets – yes/no questions – preferences, comparisons
Favorites – movies, actors, sports, food, reasons
Feelings – feeling sick, symptoms
Last Summer – how many times, how long
Else – daily chores, activities

What / Where / When – Wh questions
How often – once/twice a week, every day, never
Free time – movies, novels, internet, sports
Tomorrow – conversation flow, follow-up questions
Last weekend – past events
Saying goodbye – ending conversations


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