ERIC Number: ED371564
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Conversation Strategies: Pair and Group Activities for Developing Communicative Competence.
Kehe, David; Kehe, Peggy Dustin
The guide is designed for use in English-as-a-Second-Language instruction at the intermediate level. The activities are designed to be enjoyable and encourage students to interact, but also to be non-threatening to even the most reserved students. The exercises develop strategic conversation skills. Each has three parts: a teacher's introduction; a students' introductory exercise; and pair or small group practice. Activity topics include: rejoinders; follow-up questions; confirmation questions; clarifications; keeping or killing the conversation; expressing probability; interrupting someone; echoing instructions; polite requests, responses, and excuses; getting a response; soliciting details; making comparisons; finding the right word; exploring a word; correcting someone; eliciting confirmation; starting and stopping a conversation; beginning and ending a phone call; expressing opinions; making a group decision; discussion connectors; summarizing; conducting a formal meeting; and identifying a strange or inappropriate word in a given context. Some general notes on strategic competence are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, English (Second Language), Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Questioning Techniques, Second Language Instruction, Small Group Instruction, Speech Communication, Vocabulary Development
Pro Lingua Associates, 15 Elm St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 ($12.50; large quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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