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Small Talk Topics

Small Talk Topics

Students brainstorm small talk topics and practice initiating small talk using a sample conversation and role-play prompts.

Level:  Any

Topic:  Conversation Strategies

Time:  30 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Make one copy of the Key for the teacher.



Pass out the Small Talk Topics Handout and discuss the meaning of Small Talk together as a class.

Explain that at the beginning of each class, the students will be responsible for initiating and maintaining small talk, and not the teacher.


Task 1 from Handout: Ask students to brainstorm acceptable topics for small talk.


Talk 2 from Handout: Ask students to brainstorm unacceptable topics for small talk.


Then, discuss together as a class. Write all acceptable responses on the board for students to copy onto their Handout.


Task 3 from Handout: Ask students to try the conversation several times. Identify the greetings and small talk topic together as a class.


Task 4 from Handout: Ask students to stand up, get a partner, and practice the role-play. Encourage students to change partners for each situation. Monitor for correct use of greetings and small talk topics, and give feedback after the task is finished.

Extended Practice

Randomly ask two students to present their role-play to the class.

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