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Being A Good Audience

Being A Good Audience

Students practice being a good audience by listening to short speeches and asking questions. A fun ESL oral presentation skills activity.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Listening

Time:  45 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Conversation Cards, and cut into sentence strips.



Explain the importance of being a good audience during a speech.

Just like a good speaker, a good audience should sit up straight, have eye contact with the speaker, smile, and nod their head to show understanding. An audience that is not paying attention can make the speaker feel nervous.


Give a sentence strip to each student. Allow students around 5 minutes to formulate an opinion based on the question on their sentence strip, and write a short speech. It may help to start with, I think/believe/feel  or In my opinion.


Give each student a Handout.


Then, ask the student with Sentence Strip #1 to go to the front of the classroom and give a 1-minute speech. When finished, the speaker should say “Thank you.” This is the audience’s cue that it is time to ask questions.

Note: If the room is silent, randomly call on two students to ask the speaker questions.


Continue with the next student with Sentence Strip #2, and so on, until all the students have had a chance to go to the front of the classroom, and each student has had a chance to ask questions.

Extended Practice

Ask students to discuss how they felt about the audience attentively listening and asking questions.

Printable Worksheets

Conversation Cards

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