On 6th March (next week already!), I’ll be hosting a discussion on conversation lessons as part of the SGI CPD Club.
If you’re in or around London, would you like to join us?
If you’re not able to be physically present, but the topic interests you, would you like to join us virtually (not sure how, but working on it)?
This first CPD Club session will take place on Tuesday 6th, 7-8pm in our HQ on Margaret Street (for more info leave a comment below and I’ll email you the details).
In this session, the main aim is to discuss some approaches that go well with conversation lessons, such as project-based learning and teaching unplugged. We will also see some great resources and lesson plans collected from “old” books and “new” blogs that can engage students to actively participate and to think ‘out of the box’.
I am also particularly interested in discussing the ratio between spontaneous and rehearsed speaking, ways to approach focus on forms, how to raise students’ engagement and autonomy, and how to assess learning in such lessons.
Ultimately, it would be good to take a look at what is* the point of loosely labeling a lesson (or course) as conversation. What is, really, conversation? What are students’ expectations of it? And as the title suggests, ways to make it go beyond chatting.
Until then, it would be great if you could share your favorite ideas, resources, experiences and bugging questions related to the topic of conversation.