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...]

Moving house conversation prompts

If you are anything like me, you will have moved house many times. In fact, I'm moving house right now - it's my 20th move! I'm the expert in the family when it comes to moving. I can pack and unpack everything quickly and safely, and can easily pull apart and put together flat-packed furniture. But I'm not so good at the carrying, especially … [Read more...]

Solving tricky problems

A speaking or writing exercise to propose solutions to tricky problems. This uses both modal verbs (could, should, would), and conditional sentences, so is better for intermediate classes and above. What would you do in these situations? 1. Unpaid bill You are on a business trip by yourself, and in a country and city where you have no … [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 … [Read more...]

Long time, no see!

You have just bumped into an old friend from school, that you haven't seen for at least 5 years. What will you say to each other? Some ideas: recent work and current workplace other people that you both know life changes or travels since you last spoke common hobbies and interests what you are doing right now … [Read more...]

Experiences

What have you done during your life? Write a few sentences explaining what you have done in the past, without specifying a time. They may be simple sentences, about small things. For example: I have brushed my hair. I have walked in the rain. I have ridden a camel. I have eaten natto. I have used a cute backpack. I have … [Read more...]