- asking good questions
- active listening to the other person
- asking follow-up questions to show that we're interested in what the other person is saying.
This is a nice, short activity that we can fit in anywhere in a lesson, and we recommend doing it often enough that our students can build a good routine of asking follow-up questions and practice real conversation. Use this to turn the English mode on in their brains.
LESSON: Use as an opener, closing activity, or if you have a few minutes to kill
OBJECTIVES: Have interactive conversations
LEVEL: Can be appropriate for most levels and ages.
TIME: 6-8 minutes
· Ask a student to tell you about their day in detail (or any conversation topic)
· Teacher models the task by interrupting the student's answers with 'follow-up' questions from what they say.
Teacher: How did you wake up?
Student: Um, my phone alarm.
Teacher: Ok. Continue.
Student: Then I had breakfast.
Teacher: What did you eat?
· Students do this with a partner.
· Share a few examples as a class to correct.
Good luck! Let me know how it worksfor you and if you have any special touches that I can try in my classes: