Develop Conversations, Informal Language, and Questioning Skills

Nigel OpenshawDiscover the perfect companion for classroom discussions with this practical resource full of low-prep exercises and thoughtfully selected materials for improving English conversation.

The flexible exercises can seamlessly integrate into your lesson plans. With my extensive ten years of teaching experience, I have chosen these resources based on the most engaging classes I've conducted.

Each chapter features a comprehensive To-do list and a convenient Reference section with supplementary materials. This user-friendly format ensures that you can effortlessly dive into teaching while staying on track throughout the process.

By utilizing these valuable materials, your students can reap numerous benefits, including:

Get in-depth answers to "Where is a beautiful place to visit," find out the meaning of "down to earth," or use set keywords for an "environmental discussion."

This book offers low-prep conversation exercises and materials to enhance students' vocabulary, conversation strategies, and conversational skills.

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Intermediate ESL English Discussion Topics

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4. Follow-Up Conversation Skills

In this lesson, students will learn how to prompt more questioning. The topics are straightforward to increase familiarity and confidence, but keeping the conversation flowing is challenging.


Understand and use correct question structures.

Know when and how to ask follow-up questions.

Things to Do:

Select a topic from the Resources section.

Write six related keywords to use for comprehension.

Obtain blank dice to write 5W and H (who, what, where, why, when, and how). Alternatively, have packs of six small cards for each group.

4.1 Develop More Questions

1. Warm-up:

Explain to students about follow-up questions and how to use them.

Introduce the primary lesson theme from the To Do section.

Review the 5W and H list (who, what, where, why, when, and how).

Mention the lesson's end aim: for students to expand their vocabulary and apply the correct question structures.

2. Learn:

Evaluate students' understanding of the six words by asking for examples, such as "Who are you? What did you eat for breakfast today?"

Pose an expanding query on a well-known subject, such as students' daily schedules.

Expand on any responses.

Also, refer to the answer as a question to other students to keep the conversation flowing.

3. Instruct:

Create more questions with help from the students' first replies, such as "What was the most recent movie/film you watched?"

Ask students about the movie/film and which performance they appreciated the most.

Encourage students to speak freely but try to keep the text from becoming too random.

4. Exercise:

Write the keywords on the board and correct mistakes as students speak.

Have the students be expressive and think out of the box.

Evaluate students' comprehension levels before conducting the activity.

5. Assess:

Be prepared to get the conversation back on track if it deviates too far from the first subject.

Ask students again after the warm-up discussion to elicit more responses.

Create a new list of words on the board to help students expand their vocabulary.

Have students create sentences using the terms to change the pace of the lesson toward the conclusion.

Bonus - Asking Questions Challenge:

Roll the dice or shuffle the cards between students and have them create questions based on the word.

Each student finishes their question and hands the dice to someone else who rolls it for their turn.

Continue passing the dice/cards until all students have had a chance to try or the questions have proven they understand.

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Intermediate ESL English Discussion Topics

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