Even if you’re not looking for a serious relationship, you might consider joining an online dating site and going on a casual date to practice your conversation skills.You could also try speed dating, a low-pressure event where people have a few minutes to chat with another person at their table before moving on to talk to another person.First, I created an overview sheet that explained the concept to my students and included a graphic organizer for them to fill out to give them some accountability. Set up the desks and then divide your class into two groups, one that stays sitting and one that rotates. Again, I used a simple graphic organizer that I assigned to my kids through Google Classroom.Then, I create a slideshow that had 7 discussion topics, one on each slide. We have gone 1:1 this year so each student has a Google Chromebook.
I had a timer going on the board and for 2 minutes they had to have “lids down” and just have a conversation.Happy New Year Health Club Heavenly Pies Restaurant Holiday Traditions Homestay in the USA Hotel Reservations Hotel Room Service Immigration and Customs Lost in the Crowd Meeting Singles Nice to Meet You Party Invitations Party Time!Phone Message Picnic Preparations Private Language Tutor Reading Time Rental Shop (Version B) Restaurant Order Saturday's Chores Shopping for the Day Sightseeing in Town Snack Time So, what's the matter?Discussions are the cornerstone of my teaching style.However, as much as students love having an open forum to share their thoughts, there are only so many “open discussions” we can have before the format gets bored and redundant.