Try This Game
In your next ESL speaking class, have your students practice more natural conversation with this fun game that will get them speaking, listening to their partner, and responding.
How it works:
1. Break the students up into pairs or groups of three (or more depending on your way of doing it)
2. Give them a general topic to ask a question about. (ex. What they did last weekend. A movie they've seen recently. Etc)
3. The students are to ask their partner a question and their partner answers.
4. The partner then asks a question based on their answer to continue the conversation moving.
5. The game goes back and forth until one person can't think of anything else to ask or time runs out.
Demonstrate - You should demonstrate the activity first by eliciting responses from the class.
Props - Props always help, even if it's just a tennis themed photo on the screen or bring in tennis balls (the second one could get a little out of hand, so be careful)
Countdowns - Countdowns are always your friend to put a bit of pressure on your students to go when it's their turn. Use this to award points.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Community - The students will eventually learn something new about each other you do this often enough.
Conversation Skills - They will build a better feel for how a smooth conversation works which will help them in their own language.
What else can you find?
Have more time.