The best books for conversation practice

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Hello everyone!

In this post I’d like to share with you some suggestions of my favorite English books for conversation practice, whether you are an English teacher or a student.

1. Conversation Inspirations

Need a fresh inspiration? This book of topics is a quick and easy source. Whether you want to choose topics for your class that are fun or provocative, that build an understanding of the American culture in today’s world, or that help them with their personal adjustment, you’ll find this book invaluable. You can find Role Plays, Interviews, Talks, Group Creativity Tasks, and Discussions.

2. Taboos and Issues

Taboos and Issues is the latest in the series of photocopiable Teachers’ Resource Books. It covers many serious issues which are usually, and quite reasonably, considered unsuitable for inclusion in general coursebooks. It provides the opportunity for adults to discuss controversial issues. The book offers complete lessons with introductory questionnaires, discussions, reading and language activities, and interesting quotes for groups or individual classes.

3. Compelling Conversations

Compelling Conversations is perfect for conversation clubs, private tutors, and conversation courses! This innovative English as a Second Language (ESL) textbook helps advanced English Language Learners develop conversation skills and improve fluency by sharing experiences, reflecting on their lives, and discussing proverbs and quotations. The ESL book includes 45 thematic chapters, over 1,350 questions, 500 vocabulary words, 250 proverbs and American idioms, and 500 quotations. Designed for both adult education and intensive English language students, the conversations deepen critical thinking skills and speaking skills essential to success in community college and university programs. Compelling Conversations has been used in classrooms in over 40 countries, is recommended by English Teaching Professional magazine, and enjoyed by thousands of English students. Click HERE and take a look inside.

4. Speak English for Success

Speak English for Success – ESL Conversations, Topics, and Dialogues is a book of reproducible activities designed for intermediate and advanced adult conversation classes to help students develop speaking skills through role-playing, discussion, pair work, or small group interaction. This collection of stimulating activities provides students with an opportunity to use English in social situations and to develop their critical thinking skills. Each activity encourages genuine communication, allowing students to voice their own opinions. The contemporary topics presented in this book are real and provocative, allowing students to exchange ideas about a wide range of themes and engage in lively dialogues about issues they face in their daily lives. Some of the topics and activities presented in this book are Tell Me about Yourself – Friends – Language Learning – Cultural Issues – Jobs and Employment – Dating and Relationships – Holidays – Traveling – Crime – Music – In Case of Emergency – Major World Issues – Pets – Movies and Entertainment – What Would You Say or Do? – Up Close and Personal – Newspapers Headlines – Board Games. With such a versatile range of exercises and topics for discussion, this book is a great tool for teachers, who want to reinforce language skills already taught, and for students, who must interact in English to complete problem-solving tasks, play language-oriented board games, comment on famous sayings, or finish dialogues. Students using this book will acquire better speaking skills as well as greater cultural awareness needed to function in the new society and communicate confidently in English.

5. ESL Conversation Topics

Have better English conversation classes filed with happy, engaged students by using this book filled with interesting speaking topics.

Get your students talking with these 67 conversation topics that consist of a warm-up question, vocabulary challenge, idioms & phrases, 14 conversation questions, and 2-3 writing prompts. It’s the ultimate book for speaking or conversation classes with teenagers or adults.

The best part? It’s a no-prep solution! Seriously. It’s designed so that you can just grab it and go so stop wasting too much time doing lesson planning. There are 67 ESL conversation topics so you can make it through an entire semester in style.

Check out the book if you want to…

Save time when planning lessons

Help students improve their English conversational skills in a big way

Talk about interesting things with your students

Have something you can print off and take to class at the last minute

See happy, smiling students in your classes

The basis of a good conversation class is giving learners a reason and an opportunity to speak. Combine this with scaffolding of grammar and phrases and that’s some serious ESL teaching gold! Your students will love this engaging, interesting approach to working on their English conversational skills.

Author and CELTA/DELTA certified teacher Jackie Bolen is sharing her great ideas with ESL teachers around the world. She has 15 years of experience teaching conversational English. These are the lesson plans that she uses in her own classes. This is the third book in the Teaching ESL Conversation and Speaking series by Jackie Bolen. Click HERE and take a look inside.

I hope you liked these suggestions and have wonderful conversation classes! See you next time!

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