14 Write a Conversation Exercises for Speaking and Listening Classes
Create-a-conversation worksheets help students practice new vocabulary, build speaking skills and develop confidence using a second language. These PDF worksheets are great for classroom and online teaching. They are easy to submit, edit and correct online, especially in Google Classroom. In addition, example conversations with audio are provided with the worksheets. So these exercises are perfect for speaking and listening classes.
1 Write a conversation exercise: greetings and introductions (with example conversation and audio)
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 (write a conversation format ) can be done every 2 or 3 classes (or even every class!-it’s worked really well for me) and gradually you build up a really accurate picture of a students’ abilities. I have now added an example conversation and audio so it can be used as a listening exercise also.
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2 Write a conversation exercise: family (with examples)
Talking about the families is another easy topic for dialogue/conversation writing for elementary English learners. This exercise includes 3 example conversations and one conversation (audio file) that can be used as a listening activity.
3 Write a conversation exercise: routines and daily activities with dialogue and audio for a listening exercise
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.
4 Write a conversation exercise: plans for the weekend (with examples and audio)
“Plans for the weekend” is similar to the above but a little more advanced. It requires students to understand language for talking about the future. But the good thing about these exercises is that students can choose words and phrases they can manage.
5 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.
9 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.
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.