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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Building Up to Student-Facilitated Conversation

About This Session


A conversation is more than talking and listening!

Learn about three essential skills learners need in order to join a conversation and keep it going. Participants will learn how to introduce those strategies to their classes or conversation groups and get learners talking in small groups online or in-person. 

Come ready to participate and try out the techniques yourself!

What we'll cover:

  • Developing a supportive learning environment
  • What students need to feel safe and successful
  • Teaching Conversation Skills
  • Explicit instruction in three skills that advance most conversations
  • Practicing Conversation Skills
  • One flexible activity to practice in small groups

Topics & Focus

Primary Topic Area
topic - English Language Learning, ESL, ELL
Session will also cover:
topic - instructional theory, methodology, research

Handouts & Materials

Talk Amongst Yourselves (breakout slides – Google Drive link)

Echelberger, Andrea

Presenter: Andrea Echelberger
Organization: LESLLA

ROLE classroom instructors
LEVEL beginner
Case study?

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