10 Write a Conversation Exercises for Speaking Classes

Create-a-conversation worksheets help students  practice new vocabulary, build speaking skills and develop confidence using a second language.

1 Write a conversation exercise: greetings and introductions

I teach really large classes. One of the biggest problems in large classes is assessing students’ speaking and language abilities. I have found that this is a great way to assess students speaking skills as I teach through an elementary English language course.  At the end of  a  class I hand out the worksheets. The students create their own conversation or dialogue and come and perform the dialogue for me. I give each student a score. This exercise can be done every 2 or 3 classes and gradually you build up a really accurate picture of a students’ abilities.

Elementary greetings and introductions conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Greetings and introductions (PDF)

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2 Write a conversation exercise: family

Talking about the families is another easy topic for dialogue/conversation writing for elementary English learners.

Write a conversation about family exercise for ESL learners.

Write a conversation: family (PDF)

3 Write a conversation exercise: routines and daily activities

Write-a- conversation exercises work really well for many topics including routines and daily activities.  I always get the students to perform just for me …not in front of the class..as they are more relaxed and I get a close up and personal look at their performance. Also, I can ask them to repeat the conversation easily if it is not fluent enough.

Elementary routines and daily activities conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Routines and daily activities (PDF)

4 Write a conversation exercise: going out

“Going Out” is another good conversation topic. When students write these dialogues in pairs or small groups they automatically fall into a role play mode without any direction from the teacher.

Elementary “going out” conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Going out (PDF)

5 Write a conversation exercise: houses and neighborhoods

Of courses, it’s also fairly easy for students  to talk about their  houses and neighborhoods if they have suitable vocabulary. One of the things that surprised me when listening to students perform these conversation exercises was how quickly I could get through a class of fifty students. The students were using similar vocabulary in various ways which revealed their language and conversational abilities. And so it was easy to compare and assess the students.

Elementary houses and neighborhoods conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Houses and neighborhoods (PDF)

6 Write a conversation exercise: food and eating

One of the best conversation writing topics is food. Students instantly start creating fun role plays. Also, vocabulary around food and eating  brings in a lot of interesting pronunciation challenges.

Elementary food and eating conversation or dialogue writing exercise for English language students.

Food and eating (PDF)

7 Write a conversation exercise:  simple past tense

The past tense is quite challenging for elementary students. This conversation exercise gives students the opportunity to practice creating a conversation and get used to pronunciation of past tense endings.

Create a past tense conversation speaking activity.

Create a conversation- past tense (PDF)

8 Write a conversation exercise:  health

Here, students have to write a health and illness conversation or dialogue. Writing a dialogue about health is one of the best ways to get students using health vocabulary, which can cause quite a few pronunciation problems.

Create a health and illness conversation.

Create a conversation- health (PDF)

9 Write a conversation exercise:  hotels

Most students have experience and opinions about staying in hotels. So it’s another good topic at an upper elementary (and above) level.

Write a conversation exercise about staying in hotels for English language students.

Create a conversation- hotels (PDF)

10 Write a conversation exercise:  “used to” (compare past and present)

Here, students have to compare the past and present using “used to”. It’s a fun and interesting conversation writing exercise for students with some fluency.

Write a conversation comparing past and present with "used to".

Create a conversation- “used to”(PDF)

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