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

  • 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.

Plan components
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Worksheets: download

By Jeremy Day

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Seems a number of links for the downloadable materials (pdf's) aren't working for a number of these lessons unfortunately. Is it just me?

Hi Ben

Thanks for your comment - it's not just you, we have had a technical issue with the site. I've fixed the link for the worksheet now, so you should be able to access it. Please let me know if you are still having problems.



I used this excellent lesson plan, really super quality! Thank you! This is exactly what they were looking for (most of them working in the business field). I was able to use this for 2 class lessons at 1h 30 minutes for each class. What made these exercises quality was the number of communicative activities demanded, the vocabulary taught and then applied in practical contexts, and the group activities. I hope to find more like this.

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