Everyone likes to talk about the things that they like, and your students are no exceptions.When we like something we are passionate about it, and we want others to share that passion. That’s why getting students to talk about their favorite things is a great way to promote discussion in the ESL classroom. More than that, everyone has different favorites, and your students are sure to disagree when it comes to what is best. That kind of disagreement also promotes discussion. So get ready to have your students talk up a storm with these simple activities that get them talking about a few of their favorite things.
3 Conversation Activities to Get Your Students Talking Up a Storm
We finished our TIE meeting and I wanted to get the information up so that I wouldn't forget what we covered.
Rebecca brought some Wenatchee maps to share with the group. We put the left over maps in the resource room so that you could all have access. She was saying that they needed to be enlarged so that students could read the fine print but that she has had success with teaching how to give directions and practice words like right, left, and straight using these maps.
Stephanie shared some good tips about grammar lessons and her class's homework chart. She said that peer pressure and rewards really work for them.
Chelsey talked about an activity she is going to do with her class using menus to practice ordering and different ways to ask politely in English.
TJ had some new websites ( www.gcflearnfree.org ) for us and ideas of how to use them.
Karyn and Karen put a jigsaw activity together and then we talked about how to make it more effective.
Karyn also showed us how to use music as an activity.
I talked about how to use literature in class, and gave examples of activities that can be used with books. It was decided that reading aloud to your class has multiple benefits but should be joined with pronunciation, vocab and discussion activities.
There was an exchange of ideas about using websites to cover current events and how to get your students to talk about what they know about the events before showing a video or playing an audio report. For most levels, a task should be given before you show the video so that they can be listening for information. This is fairly easy to adjust for level.
It was a terrific TIE meeting. Lots of good ideas and participation (and cookies and grapes). If there is anything you would like covered at a TIE, please let us know. I will try to get it done or find someone else who can do it.
Literacy Council Staff