While teaching in Japan and China, I saw the need for students to improve their communication skills.
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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. One person shoots off a question, and the conversation bounces back and forth.
Free speaking or Free Talk activities can help build student confidence. It is an opportunity for students to use all of the English they have previously learned and put it together to just talk. Students enjoy using English to communicate, rather than studying it as an academic subject.
See the Downloads section for the Free Speaking Procedure and Partner Assignment Sheet. Each of the 20 printable topic worksheets below include conversation questions and can be used with the Free Speaking Procedure.
The book Conversation Strategies has some great pairwork activities. The Internet TESL Journal has an extensive list of conversation questions.
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