BEGINNER ENGLISH CONVERSATION 100 Q & A PROMPTS CARDS WITH REFERENCE BOOK
Talk Time in English is a great way of getting your students talking without feeling ‘on the spot’, or worried about not getting their pronunciation and accent right in front of the whole class. The Q&A prompt cards offer structured talk opportunities, and focus on vocabulary, structures and general knowledge that they are likely to meet in both the beginning and more intermediate stages of their English learning. My students create their own questions and answers, using the prompts as speaking frames, as they begin to feel more confident about their language skills, using the Notes and Next Steps pages in the reference book to jot down their ideas. We also use the pages to note how they think their skills are developing, and how well they are beginning to understand fully both the range of vocabulary and grammatical concepts. We discuss as a whole-group to what extent they feel able to ‘produce’ language spontaneously and creatively, and with little or no support or hesitation. Equally importantly, encourage students to note what steps they might reasonably take to improve in the areas that they don’t feel quite as confident about.
The language in this set is ideal forbeginners moving into intermediate English, and offer a range of differentiated questions and answers, addressing various aspects of English, such as forming questions, the use of the present and present continuous tenses, word order and so on. This is really important for language learners, who often attempt to impose the grammar and structures of their first language onto the new language they are learning.
The reference book is in portrait 8.5 x 11 (A4) format, and has all the question and answer prompts written in full. My students find this really useful as a longer-term learning support resource, and we also use it for whole-group pronunciation, listening and mini-translation activities. Students don’t have to know every single word or structure in order to understand - they will develop and enhance their vocabulary and knowledge of English by working meanings out. Having a good bilingual dictionary to hand is really useful too.
Thank you and keep talking!