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ESL Lesson Idea: Making Conversation

Description

Developing social skills such as small talk will go a long way to breaking the isolation of many immigrants. This lesson teaches ways to initiate a conversation, some appropriate common phrases used to agree or disagree, and how to politely finish a conversation.

Materials
Suggestions
  • Begin by demonstrating a simple conversation with a neighbor, as in the handout Making Conversation. Ask your colleague or a student to read the dialogue with you.
  • Present and discuss some of the phrases in the handout Conversation Tools, giving attention to which are appropriate for casual situations, first acquaintance, etc.
  • Point out that many of these phrases are used in combination, for example "Hello, it's nice to see you" or "It's been great chatting with you, see you later."
  • Have students make up skits in pairs, including a casual conversation, and then present them to the rest of the class.
  • Some typical topics for casual conversations are discussed in the related Workplace Lesson Small Talk.
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