English Speaking Tip: Learn How to Open a Conversation

English-speaking-tip

English Speaking Tip: Opening a Conversation If you want to improve you’re English speaking skills, you’ve come to the right place! I’m going to give you one a favourite English speaking tip. This one is about how to open a conversation in English. Opening or beginning a conversation is pretty similar whether it is small talk or not. You can bring up some non-controversial topic, like the weather (or traffic, if you have both just arrived somewhere). Pro English speaking tip: unless you are speaking about the traffic or the weather, your opening comment should be pleasant (it’s okay to…

Continue Reading

How to Teach English Conversation

English-conversation

Many foreign ESL teachers abroad, especially in places like South Korea, teach predominantly English conversation classes. Some teachers (and students too!) have the perception that teaching English conversation involves just “talking” to the students. Free-talking does have a role in helping students learn English, but it shouldn’t be the only thing we do in our English conversation classes. If you’re looking to level-up your ESL teaching game, you’ve come to the right place! I have plenty of tips, lesson plans, and activity ideas for how to teach English conversation the better way. Help your students actually improve their conversation skills…

Continue Reading

Top 5 ESL Conversation Activities for Adults

ESL conversation activities

If you want to make your English conversation class as interesting, engaging and fun as possible for the students, you’ll need these top 5 ESL conversation activities for adults. They’re guaranteed to get your students speaking English in the most painless way possible! The Small Talk Game–Small talk in an important, but often overlooked skill. Get students practicing it while having fun with this game. The Cocktail Party-This is another small talk conversation activity for adults that gets student mingling and mixing, just like you would at a cocktail party. Give them confidence that they can venture out into the…

Continue Reading

ESL Conversation Class: Tips to Make it Awesome

ESL conversation class

ESL Conversation Class: Great, or Terrible? Over my decade teaching English in South Korea, I’ve had some great English conversation classes and I’ve also had some pretty terrible ones. Here are some tips for teaching these kinds of classes from my other blog, My Life! Teaching in a Korean University that will hopefully make them as awesome as possible. Multi-Level ESL Classes– These kinds of classes are most definitely not awesome, especially in a conversation class because the best students can easily dominate, leaving the weaker ones feeling frustrated and unhappy. Some tips to deal with this bad situation. How…

Continue Reading

5 Lesson Plans for Advanced ESL Conversation Classes

conversation

Advanced conversation classes can be a bit tricky to teach because it’s sometimes hard to see any improvement in your students. But, I’ve found that it can be really useful if you use authentic material and challenge your students that way instead of just relying on ESL textbooks, which are often too easy and often quite boring. Here are five lesson plans that I’ve used in my own advanced level English conversation classes: Students in any Country Technology and Sleep Google Investing in Renewable Energy Students in Korea Cigarette Prices to Double Agricultural Subsidies Korea’s Aging Population For even more…

Continue Reading

English Conversation Teaching Tip

conversation

For those who teach English conversation classes, here is my #1 tip to do it well. Conversation is a two-way street and in order to be good at it our students need to know how to ask questions. Conversation is not simply asking and answering something like: A: “How was your weekend?” B: “It was good.” A better conversation would look like this: A: “How was your weekend?” B: “It was good, I saw a movie.” A: “Really? What movie?” B: “I saw Kung Fu Panda. Have you seen it?” Or: A: “How was your weekend?” B: “It was a…

Continue Reading