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26
AUG
2019

Explore Icebreakers Together in Your English Class

Sometimes simple, flexible questions can create compelling conversations. How can we integrate more icebreakers into our English lesson plans?
23
FEB
2017
Outdoor Date

Review: How to Have More Engaging Conversations in Everyday Life

“Confidence contributes more to a conversation than wit.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer   How can we help English language learners in the U.S. have more long-lasting, compelling conversations with native speakers? Sometimes it can be difficult to...
03
NOV
2016
College students on campus

Making Introductions, Part 2: Small Talk

“A conversation can be easy. Just ask a question and then listen.” -Robert Bly (1926-), American poet and author   Previously on the blog, we discussed the importance of first impressions. A firm handshake goes a long way, but what happens afterward? How do we teach English...
27
OCT
2016
Shaking hands

Making Introductions, Part 1: Shaking Hands

“From small beginnings come great things.” – American proverb   First impressions matter.  The gateway to many compelling conversations remains the greeting. As the proverb says, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. However, breaking the ice can...
17
AUG
2016
Students studying

Teaching Matters: Prefix/Suffix Study

Embed from Getty Images   “First of all, there was a volcano of words, an eruption of words that Shakespeare had never used before that had never been used in the English language before. It’s astonishing. It pours out of him.” Stephen Jay Greenblatt, (1943 – )...
12
JUL
2016
Students in discussion

Teaching Matters: Adding Student Voices to Class Discussions

For various reasons, many ESL students are reluctant to speak up in class. How can we better prepare them for American university class discussions?
25
NOV
2015

Using 5W+H Questions to Create Longer, Better Conversations

When we ask more, we know more and share more. Here's a simple checklist to help your English students build better conversations from targeted questions.
15
NOV
2014
Two students in a discussion

Conversation Tip #9: Ask questions

Questions keep the conversation flowing   “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” -Voltaire (1694-1778) French Enlightenment WriterAsking questions always generates more conversation; after all, an answer always follows. As mentioned before,...
08
NOV
2014

Conversation Tip #8: Engage in the surrounding world!

Immersion in literature, current events, arts stimulates conversation   “When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” -Walt Disney (1901-1966) American business magnate, animatorAre your students sometimes unsure of what to talk about? Perhaps they...
18
OCT
2014

Conversation Tip #5: Search for common interests

Finding commonalities sparks conversations “Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” -Albert Camus (1913-1960), French novelist and Nobel Prize winnerWe can learn a great deal...