Thank you for visiting ESL Teacher today! We are going to focus on a technique for teaching students English sentences, memorizing and play acting scripted conversations.
In the video below, I use the example conversations that are in the Oxford Picture Dictionary Teacher's Book. However, you can make up your own conversations, or get them from other sources as well. It is always good to supplement vocabulary lessons by using new words in useful and common sentences and conversation structures:
1) Find an appropriate conversation - If your students are beginners, you would use only 2 or 3 sentence conversations. If they are more advanced, then you add more sentences. Be sure the conversation incorporates the vocabulary and the grammar that you are teaching in your class that day.
Here's an example:
A: Excuse me, but do you have the time?
B: Yes, it's half past 2. (3:30 / quarter to / noon)
2) Write the conversation on the board with the A's and B's, or with some other
3) Perform the conversation for your class at least 2 times. Then have the class say the conversation with you, again at least 2 times.
4) Pair up the students and have them practice the conversation. Have them switch roles and memorize both parts.
5) Erase the board, and have the students come up and perform the conversation from memory. Be sure that the whole class claps when they finish.
6) If they didn't do well, have them practice again and call them up again. If only one pair didn't do well, have that pair come up and try again.
Have fun with your class and be happy that they are practicing practical and real English conversations. Thank you for reading this post, and feel free to leave any comments or other techniques that you would like to share.
Your fellow ESL Teacher,