Internet TESL Journal Conversation Questions: Hometowns
Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required
Website Example: http://iteslj.org/questions/hometowns.html
Computer(s), Internet access, optional projector (for class presentation)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Go to the Web Site Example (above) for a list of conversation questions on hometowns.
- 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.
- 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.
- Place students in pairs or small groups for the conversation activity.
- Demonstrate how students will ask and answer the questions.
- 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.".
- The Web site has a wealth of lesson plans ; conversation questions on a variety of topics; listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, and ice-breaker games for the classroom ; as well as articles and other resources for teachers.
- There is also an article at this site titled "Teaching Conversation Skills with Content Based Materials" with more ideas on using conversation questions.
- Beginning High
- Intermediate Low
- Intermediate High
- (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
- (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information