The Art Of Conversation


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This powerpoint is supported by a training, (which has been done face to face and also on line) for adult ESOL teachers and tutors. It discusses techniques for enhanced oral communication in context. This is one of the most difficult language skills with many variables and barriers (personality, vocabulary dificiencies, pronunciation, structure, listening comprehension).

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The Art Of Conversation

  1. 1. The Art of Conversation<br />Can We Talk?<br />
  2. 2. Bill and Maria Koonce,<br />
  3. 3. GENERAL GUIDELINES<br />1. Select a Competency/Topic: Conversation in Context<br />2. Make it Relevant/Meaningful<br />3. Integrate all Language Skills<br />4. Focus on Listening and Speaking<br />5. Model Correct Language: No Correction<br />
  4. 4. FL. CURRICULUM COMPETENCIES<br />1. Communication<br />2. Civics, Family & Community Resources<br />3. Employment<br />4. Consumer Education<br />5. Health & Nutrition<br />6. Transportation & Travel<br />7. Safety & Security<br />
  5. 5. ACTIVITIES<br />1. Telephone situations: conversation, message, call back (realia)<br />2. Use photos to talk about family members (visuals)<br />3. Interview (role-play)<br />4. Clothes, Advertisements (Language Experience Approach)<br />5. Parts of the Body (Total Physical Response) Symptoms (visuals, mimic, role-play<br />6. How did you come to the US? (experiential learning)<br />7. Newspaper articles: a crime, a weather threat (current events, relevancy)<br />
  6. 6. OTHER ACTIVITIES<br />Games<br />Poetry, Songs<br />Show-and-Tell<br />Riddles and Jokes<br />Exchange recipes<br />Television shows and Movies<br />
  7. 7. Assessment<br />Self evaluations<br />Checklists<br />
  8. 8. RESOURCES<br />Textbook Series? ______________<br />Cambridge University Press:<br />Keep Talking by F. Klippel<br />Five-Minute Activities by P. Ur and A. Wright<br />Grammar Activities by P. Ur<br />Just Listening and Speaking (with CD) by M. Cavendish<br />Oxford University Press:<br />The Oxford ESOL Handbook by P. Schellekens<br />
  9. 9. RESOURCES (cont.)<br /><br /><br /><br />
  10. 10. CONTACT US!<br />
  11. 11. THE END<br />