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Internet TESL Journal Conversation Questions: Hometowns

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required

Website: http://iteslj.org/

Website Example: http://iteslj.org/questions/hometowns.html

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Computer(s), Internet access, optional projector (for class presentation)

Activity Description

Use the Web site's conversation questions about hometowns as a warm-up to having students write and/or make oral presentations about their hometowns.

Preparation

  1. Prepare a list of vocabulary words that students will need to engage in conversation about hometowns. You may also want to use the Mind Map (Example Document 1 above) to help students construct their story.
  2. Prepare a lesson about hometowns, perhaps writing your own paragraph (see Example Document 2, above) or making your own oral presentation about your hometown as a model for students to follow.

How-To

  1. Go to the Web Site Example (above) for a list of conversation questions on hometowns.
  2. Project the questions from a computer connected to a LCD projector, or copy and paste the questions you want students to talk about into a document, print, and make photocopies for distribution.
  3. Introduce the lesson, asking students the names of their hometowns and then explaining that students will converse about their hometowns and later write and/or make presentations about their hometowns.
  4. Place students in pairs or small groups for the conversation activity.
  5. Demonstrate how students will ask and answer the questions.

Teacher Tips

  • You may want to distribute the questions a day or two before the conversation activity so that students have a chance to prepare and rehearse their answers.
  • It is a good idea to teach words and expressions for conversational turns, such as the following: "It's your turn. What do you think?" or "That's interesting. Let's go to the next question.".

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Documents

Levels

  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Standards

Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information
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