Here’s a menu of lesson ideas, lesson plans, warmers, fillers, prompts, and more for EFL / ESL CONVERSATION CLASSES.
Retelling very funny ads – I started the workshop with teachers doing this amazing activity designed by Ian James (@ij64). It’s a video activity with funny adverts that will really get your students talking, and then with the help of the worksheet they’ll discuss questions that promote some critical thinking and cross-cultural comparisons.
Movie segments to assess grammar goals by Claudio Azevedo is already a classic, not only for interesting grammar-driven lessons but also for conversation-driven lessons.
Step-by-step telephoning – Very good idea by Alex Case. I especially liked it because it is suitable for lower levels and it has an interesting approach to repetition.
Dealing with enquiries – Same as above
Analysis of an Issue – I already recommended this in the #ELTbites post. It works well because instead of asking a “What do you think about…?” kind of question, it gives a statement and asks students to share their experience and observations, as well as prior reading and relevant facts in order to position themselves in a ‘to what extent do you agree/disagree’ discussion.
Debates and role-play – Some controversial topics here to be discussed in Student A x Student B format.
Ken Wilson’s dropbox – There are great ‘let’s learn with some fun’ downloadable lessons in Ken’s dropbox on the right-hand side of his blog. My favorite is one activity that remarkably makes repetitive practice of “What’s your name?” and “Where are you from?” actually engaging.
52: a year of subversive activities If you and your students are tired of the ultra politically correct position of ELT published materials, this book is for you. It’s actually an e-book, but don’t worry if you don’t have an e-book reader or an iPad because you can easily download the Amazon Kindle app to your good old computer and read the book there, that’s what I did.
Here’s where your comment comes in. Any suggestions?