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Comprehensive English Discussion Topics​

Engaging ESL Activities and Discussions for Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels

There are Nine lesson plans in this book from the total of nine in the purchase version. This doesn’t mean this book is easy, but the focus should be on getting students talking.

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 2 Conversation Starters

This lesson introduces ways to begin and carry on a conversation. The lesson is designed to help guide students in a structured way in generating conversation ideas.

Lesson 3 Expanding Vocabulary

This lesson focuses on expanding vocabulary with synonyms and antonyms. This is a fun lesson that encourages open speaking and explores the use of verbs in depth. This is then used to build dialogue with simple questions and answers.

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.

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 6 Developing Conversations

This lesson encourages descriptions of a familiar topic using adjectives in the appropriate order.

Lesson 7 Topic Debating

This is a basic introduction to debating. Students will discuss a statement and examine credible arguments for and against.

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.

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.

Conversation Topics

This book comes complete with a bonus list of over 100 conversation topics. If you’re simply browsing for inspiration, then this list will help with so many varied subjects.

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Book Intro

This is the full and comprehensive book in this discussion series. It gives the teacher varied levels of lessons to cater for different classes in the teachers schedule.
This book comes complete with a bonus list of over 100 conversation topics. If you’re simply browsing for inspiration, then this list will help with so many varied subjects.

All lessons have been taught in South Korean schools with Elementary, Middle, High, Adults and academies (hagwons).

The lessons that follow can be adapted to run from 30 to 90 minutes. They often start with about 5-10 minutes of free talking. This can cover how the students are, what they have been doing or plan to do, as well as contributions from the teacher.

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
Conversation Topics

The structure of the lessons is modular, with clear and obvious steps to take. Everything starts with the teacher’s preparation work. Depending on the students’ ability, topics might need a quick worksheet or short classroom activity at the start of the lesson, and you will need to set aside time to devise this.

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