Memorable moments

This is a great exercise to get students talking. They walk around the room, switching partners regularly and spend a good amount of time talking about one or two of the questions with each person. These questions practice superlative adjectives - happiest, strangest, most disgusting - and two tenses, past and present perfect. This is a good … [Read more...]

50 Travel conversation prompts

The most requested topics in a conversation class with my older students is travel. I usually schedule two classes per conversation course on this topic, focusing on different tenses or grammar. Making the second or third lesson in a course about travel helps the students feel more comfortable with each other and improves speaking … [Read more...]

Illness and treatments

Most of us have been ill. We've all done things to 'fix' our illness, even if it's just the common cold. Most of use have been to a doctor or specialist, had tests, and been prescribed medications or therapies. Unfortunately, this also happens when you are traveling, on holiday or for work. In the worst case, you'll need to attend a … [Read more...]

Historical events

Explain what happened in these important years in history. Why are these years important? Who was affected by the events in these years? 1095 1452 1492 1517 1789 1898 1945 1969 1989 2001 2002 … [Read more...]

Complaints

Everyone has something to complain about. Sometimes something will annoy you enough to write a letter or email. Write a short letter to your local mayor or local government representative, complaining about something that annoys you in your town. streets are not clean there are too many speeding cars graffiti is everywhere there is not … [Read more...]

Are you an expert?

Think of something you are really good at, or really interested in - perhaps a hobby, a skill, or even an area of knowledge. Imagine you have just met someone who is interested in learning more about it. Give an overview first (general introduction), then describe your hobby/skill/knowledge in detail. If you can find someone to ask you … [Read more...]

A feathered conversation

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagles are endangered, and live in the beautiful, temperate rainforest of the Tarkine in Tasmania, Australia. Their habitat is at risk of destruction from logging and open-cut mining. Eagles usually mate for life, and their young live with them as a family for 5-9 years, until they are mature enough to find a mate … [Read more...]

Unexpected, or not?

Find out something new about a family member. Quiz them on their dreams, Christmas plans, or past experiences. Ask a lot of questions about their studies, a recent holiday, or even what their daily routine is in detail. Find out where they want to visit in the future, what the next book they want to read. Hunt for something new - a bit … [Read more...]

Important news

What were the five most important news stories that have happened in the last five years? Why did you choose these stories? Why were they important to you? If you can remember, what were you doing at the time when the news broke? Ask a friend or family member the first question. Were their five stories the same as yours? Fukushima was … [Read more...]

Telling stories

In your family who tells the best stories? What is your favourite family story? Write about or explain the story. Storytelling tense tips Use the past tense to describe actions that happened in the past, or past habits. Use the past continuous tense to describe the background, or a long action that was interrupted by an event in the … [Read more...]