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ESL Questions & Conversations - Chapter Summary
With this chapter, our instructors go over the different approaches educators can use for teaching ESL students about questions and conversations. Through exercises, activities, games, and role-playing scenarios, these lessons provide you with ideas on how to approach ESL students about such topics as the various types of questions, strategies for English conversations, and communication in professional settings.
Educators who are creating their own curriculum for ESL learners can benefit from using this teaching resource, as it provides an extensive step-by-step guide on teaching these topics. You have the choice of either using our chapter as an outline for your own lessons, or you can implement our lessons directly into your own classroom. These lessons can also provide you with some insight on current trends in ESL education, which may help you spark some new ideas for your own classroom activities.
How It Helps
- Provides ready-made plans: Although you can always alter our lessons to fit the needs of your own students, many of the lessons available in our chapters can be used directly in your own classroom, saving you a significant amount of time.
- Explains helpful strategies: If you are new to teaching second-language learners, this teaching resource walks you through some of the best approaches out there for teaching ESL students about questions and conversations.
- Reduces anxiety: Instead of worrying about how to make lesson plans to teach these topics, our pre-made materials can relieve some of your stress by either giving you plans that you can implement immediately, or by providing you with guidelines to reference during your own personal lesson planning.
By the close of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Describe exercises and games for 'Wh-' and embedded questions
- Understand activities that address indirect and tag questions
- Identify how to role-play job interview questions
- Integrate lesson plans for how ESL students can ask questions
- Analyze different examples of probing questions
- Improve ESL students' conversational skills
- Implement dialog ideas for restaurant or shopping experiences
- Define techniques for teaching conversational English to second language learners
- Examine approaches to more advanced conversation topics
- Explain topics for discussion, debate, and business conversations
- Point out tips for presentation and speech topics
- Offer examples of speaking rubrics designed for ESL learners
1. ESL Introduce Yourself Activities
Your ESL students may be intimidated just by meeting new people, and it can be even more daunting to have to introduce themselves in their second language, English. Many may not know where to start. Let's ease their minds and guide them through introductions with these fun activities.
2. ESL Role Play Lesson Plan
Support your ESL students in communicating during real-life situations by using this role play lesson. Students will role play various real-life scenarios and then use their experience to write a collaborative narrative about it.
3. ESL Wh- Questions Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will expose ELL students to the five kinds of wh- questions. Students will practice speaking, listening and writing wh- questions in a series of engaging and interactive activities.
4. ESL 'Wh-' Questions: Games & Exercises
Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students to ask and answer questions is a great way to increase vocabulary and comprehension. This lesson describes classroom games and activities for teaching ESL students to ask and answer 'Wh-' questions.
5. ESL Phone Conversations Lesson Plan
This lesson plan will help English language learners become more comfortable with making and receiving phone calls. Student pair activities as well as individual activities are included depending on the type of activity you need for your classroom.
6. ESL Lesson Plan for Facial Expressions
In this lesson plan, ESL students will learn the vocabulary for different facial expressions. Through activities that require speaking, listening, reading and writing, ESL students will get ample opportunities to practice the vocabulary.
7. ESL Personal Information Games & Exercises
The ability to share personal information is a fundamental skill for English as a second language (ESL) students. In this lesson, teachers will find related classroom games and exercises for ESL learners of all ages and abilities.
8. ESL Embedded Questions: Games & Exercises
A solid understanding of embedded questions can benefit English as a Second Language (ESL) students, especially in everyday conversation. This lesson provides classroom exercises for teaching embedded questions.
9. Teaching Debate Skills to ESL Students
In this lesson, you will learn how debate can help your English as a Second Language (ESL) students build English skills, as well as strategies for implementing debate lessons for your ESL students.
10. ESL Tag Questions: Games & Exercises
In this lesson, we will provide examples of games and exercises for ESL students learning how to use and answer tag questions. Using tag questioning can improve question creating skills and help ESL students engage in conversations.
11. ESL Indirect Questions: Activities & Exercises
Indirect questions can be a challenge for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. This lesson provides teachers with classroom activities and exercises to teach indirect questions.
12. ESL Asking Questions Lesson Plan
Use this lesson plan to help your ESL students with asking and answering questions. Students start by watching an engaging video that defines and outlines probing questions and shares examples, then practice along with video examples and an activity.
13. Probing Questions: Types & Examples
Want someone to open up? In this lesson, we will learn about probing questions and how they are used to elicit answers that are based on critical thinking and/or personal feelings.
14. ESL Conversation Starters
Sometimes, getting your students to speak in an ESL class can be like pulling teeth. These activities will help students gain confidence in speaking and increase their motivation to learn the English language.
15. ESL Conversation & Speaking Activities
While ESL students will have a lot of exposure to English conversation, this doesn't mean they'll have the skills or comfort level needed to initiate and maintain English conversations on their own. Continue reading to learn about some conversation and speaking activities that will get your students talking.
16. ESL Conversation Questions & Topics
For students who are learning English as a second language (ESL), conversations can be a bit of a challenge. Read on for some fun and effective conversation starters that you can use with your ESL students.
17. Teaching Conversational English to ESL Students
The ability to have a fluid conversation in English is the primary goal of many ESL (English as a Second Language) students. This lesson provides a framework you can use to increase the conversational abilities of learners of varying English levels.
18. ESL Advanced Conversation Topics
Encouraging conversation in the ESL classroom is a great way to build student comfort and confidence. Thought-provoking questions and prompts are essential for in-depth discussions. Read on for an extensive list of advanced conversation topics that will get your students talking.
19. ESL Discussion Topics
For ESL students to improve language proficiency and gain speaking practice in class, it is important to incorporate meaningful discussion in the classroom. In this lesson, we will discuss some simple and effective discussion topics.
20. ESL Debate Topics
In this lesson, you will learn about different areas where you can find a good topic for your students to debate about. The lesson covers topics for adult or high school ESL learners as well as learners who are in elementary school and middle school.
21. ESL Speech & Presentation Topics
This lesson offers several different topic categories for your ESL students to present in class. The lesson provides suggestions for various levels of language learning, and topics range from personal experiences to current events.
22. ESL Speaking Rubrics
Rubrics are used to assess ESL student speaking competencies with the goal of students working toward mastery. Rubrics differ some when assessing students of different ages.
23. Essential Questions for English Language Learners
In this lesson, teachers will learn how to effectively modify essential questions for the instruction of English Language Learner (ELL) students. Teachers will learn how to use clear and concise language, visual elements, and other modifications to make essential questions more accessible for all students.
24. Advice Questions for ESL Students
Questions about advice can be a great way to get ESL students talking and listening to each other. The questions in this lesson will help your students get started on some interesting conversations.
25. Routine Questions for ESL Students
This lesson gives you a couple of engaging ideas to get your students using daily routine language. You also have some ready-to-use questions to encourage your students to produce language in oral or written form.
26. 'Prefer' Questions for ESL Students
Talking about preference can be a great way for ESL students to talk about themselves and learn about others. The questions in this lesson will really get your students asking and answering 'prefer' questions.
27. Time Questions for ESL Students
Regardless of an ESL (English as a Second Language) student's native language, time is a topic that is important to both understand and be able to discuss. In this lesson, teachers are provided with numerous time-related discussion questions specifically designed for ESL learners.
28. 'Would You Rather' Questions for ESL Students
'Would you rather' questions can be great open-ended conversation starters for your ESL students. The examples in this lesson are sure to get your students talking and listening to one another.
29. ESL Speaking Activities for Elementary School
The benefits of speaking practice for ESL students can't be overstated. In this lesson, teachers will be provided with ESL speaking activities specifically designed for elementary school students.
30. Teaching Conversation Skills to ESL Adults
Teaching conversation skills to English as a Second Language (ESL) adults is different than teaching these skills to young learners. This lesson offers teachers strategies specifically designed to engage and inform adult ESL students.
31. Pair Work Speaking Activities for ESL Students
Helping students talk to one another is one of the best things you can do to help them improve their English. This lesson offers activities that help students have authentic conversations.
32. ESL Discussion Questions about Ethics
In this lesson, teachers will discover some discussion questions about ethics that can be used with English as a second language (ESL) students to help them practice their speaking skills.
33. ESL Conversation Lesson Plan for Advanced Students
During this lesson plan, advanced English language learners will develop and enhance their conversational skills through discussion, impromptu conversations, and critiques of conversations from popular televisions shows.
34. ESL Conversation Lesson Plan for Intermediate Students
In this lesson plan, teachers are provided with classroom activities designed to help intermediate ESL (English as a Second Language) students develop conversational skills.
35. ESL Conversation Lesson Plan for Beginners
In this lesson plan, teachers are provided with exercises designed to teach basic conversation skills to beginner ESL (English as a Second Language) students.
36. ESL Conversation Questions about Artificial Intelligence
This lesson includes several discussion questions that English as a second language (ESL) teachers can use to facilitate student discussions about the fun and interesting topic of artificial intelligence (AI).
37. One-on-One Conversation Games for ESL Students
You may have difficulty at times getting your ESL students into conversation. So that conversation is not boring or forced, you can use the games in this lesson to motivate your class.
38. ESL Small Talk Activities
Your ESL students can enjoy small talk activities when given an interesting prompt or situation. In this lesson, you'll take a look at some options, which are based on real-life small talk.
39. ESL Expressing Opinions Lesson Plan
In this lesson plan, ELL students will learn about expressing their opinion. The activities will involve the students using their listening, writing and speaking skills to appropriately craft an opinion on a given topic.
40. Polite Requests Lesson Plan for ESL Students
In this lesson plan, ELL students will learn how to make polite requests. This lesson plan involves activities with a focus on real life situations focused on making requests and making sure they are polite.
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