After struggling to break the ice, the next obstacle is to keep the conversation going beyond the initial conversation. For this reason, this lesson aims to provide students with a bank of around 15 questions that they would feel comfortable asking in a conversation with a new acquaintance. They will also learn more general techniques involving different types of questions and the skill of turn-taking. Finally, they will practise all the skills from the lesson in a role-play game.

Topic: Socialising and keeping conversations going
 
Level: Intermediate (B2) and above
 
Aims:

  • To raise awareness of some techniques for maintaining a conversation with a person you have just met.
  • To analyse the effect of different types of questions, and to practise making different types of question.
  • To come up with and analyse a bank of questions that can be used to keep conversations going.
  • To analyse and practise a technique for turn-taking in a conversation.


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By Jeremy Day

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