29 Pair and Group Activities for Developing Communicative Competence
What are Conversation Strategies? They are techniques that help the
speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired
conclusion. They are skills that supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic
skills most texts focus on: grammar, vocabulary, and usage.
To develop strategic competence, students must learn the words, phrases,
and conventions used as two speakers engage in the active give-and-take
of conversation. These are the strategies we use to get more information,
make comparisons, correct someone politely, agree and disagree, summarize,
share information, and make decisions in a business meeting. Students
also practice polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions,
getting a response, expressing probability, interrupting, and avoiding
Each activity has three parts: a teacher's introduction, a written introductory
exercise to be done by students individually, and pair/group practice
that makes use of information gap and other interactive formats.
Each fun, student-centered activity begins with controlled language
and moves to open, imaginative exchanges. The work is enjoyable for
students and teacher.
Easy to use in any intermediate level class.
Books by David Kehe & Peggy Dustin Kehe
Writing Strategies Two
Write after Input
The Grammar Review Book