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Comprehensive English Discussion Topics
Here's a Quick Selection of the 9 Main Lessons
Emphasize the use and confidence in Keywords
Lesson 1 Keyword Discussions
This lesson is a brainstorming session as students think of words, including adjectives to describe a particular topic. Students need to understand keywords connected with a topic.
Lesson 6 Developing Conversations
This lesson encourages descriptions of a familiar topic using adjectives in the appropriate order.
Informal sayings to improve real world use of English
Lesson 5 Informal Sayings
This lesson focuses on short and simple informal expressions. The informal words used in this lesson include colloquialisms, slang and euphemisms.
Lesson 8 Informal Phrases
This lesson tests students’ skill in language creativity. Students will often look for the literal meaning of a proverb or cliché, but sometimes this does not lead to understanding.
Use discussions to create familiarity between students
Lesson 9 Moral Discussions
Students consider different situations and reflect on their own moral choices. With each situation, you should ask, “What would you do?” This lesson more than any other will show what makes students who they are.
Lesson 4 Follow-up Questions
This lesson is based on asking an initial question to prompt further questions. The topics are simple in order to engage familiarity and confidence. The hardest part is how to keep the conversation going.
There are nine lesson plans in this book. Below is a short description of each. The focus of the lessons should be on getting students talking.
- Lesson 1 Keyword Discussions
- Lesson 2 Conversation Starters
- Lesson 3 Expanding Vocabulary
- Lesson 4 Follow-up Questions
- Lesson 5 Informal Sayings
- Lesson 6 Developing Conversations
- Lesson 7 Topic Debating
- Lesson 8 Informal Phrases
- Lesson 9 Moral Discussions
- 100 Conversation Topics
Elementary English Discussion Topics
Intermediate English Discussion Topics
Advanced English Discussion Topics
What is an ESL Teacher?
When a student takes a lesson, they want to walk away with a good experience. For this to happen, they need to be immersed in an English environment that is both comfortable and informal.
A more relaxed learning environment helps soften the rigid boundaries between using English in and outside the classroom. This can be further improved by building trust and friendship in the lessons.
Control the Flow
When a lesson goes well, students will be doing most of the talking. The ESL teacher acts as a referee to share speaking roles and control the balance of speakers within the room.
Encourage open questions only, with no yes or no answers. It’s OK to ignore students’ mistakes if they are minor, but major errors should be corrected. For me, this would include errors in tenses and pronouns.
Understanding Students' Needs
Lessons generally have to be highly productive, especially for demanding students. To achieve that productivity, teachers have to find individual students’ level of ability. Knowing what they can and cannot do gives the teacher control over how far to push students and in which directions.
I hope the methods and materials presented here give you as much fun and insight as they gave me and my students. I learned so much from the students diverse backgrounds that I would never have experienced without the opportunity of teaching abroad.
“Hey there, 안녕!
I am an ESL teacher and Web Designer. I am a qualified ESL teacher with TESOL certifications. I taught in South Korea for eight years before returning to Manchester, UK, where I have continued teaching ESL to students including Spanish and Arabic speakers..”
– Nigel M Openshaw (나이젤 셈)