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Conversation Lesson Plans for English Learners at All Levels

Free English conversation lesson plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced level of English learning in ESL EFL classes as well as business English classes. Each lesson provides an introduction, step by step teaching guidelines and printable student worksheets.
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  2. Important Issues (14)
  3. Travel and Going Out (4)
  4. Friends and Family (14)
  5. Technology (8)

Teachers Share Conversation Lesson Plans for the ESL / EFL Classroom
ESL teachers share their best conversation lesson plans with other English teachers from around the world.

ESL Debate Lessons
This lesson plan is based on the idea that having students support opinions that are not necessarily their own during debates can help improve students fluency. In this manner, students pragmatically focus on correct production skills in conversation rather than striving to "win" the argument. For more information on this approach please see the following feature: Teaching Conversational Skills: …

Talking about Then and Now - Focus on Differences between Past and Present
ESL EFL TEFL TESOL Conversation Lesson plan using diagrams to get students talking about the differences between then and now using past simple, present perfect, present perfect continuous and present simple tenses.

Comprehension Dialogues - Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
ESL Reading Comprehension Dialogues for Speaking and Reading Comprehension Practice - Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced level quizzes with target structures and language functions for speaking practice as well as follow-up comprehension quizzes.

The Necessity of Grammar
Advanced level lesson plan for classroom debate including cue cards

Asking Questions
Lower-intermediate lesson aimed at improving students question asking ability in a variety of basic tenses.

Conversation Lesson: Multinationals - Help or Hindrance?
A great conversation lesson that has a lot of success around the world. Students need to discuss whether multinationals are a bane or a boon to local cultures.

ESL Tic-Tac-Toe
Tic-Tac-Toe games are a fun way for students to practise their English while enjoying some competition and reviewing. Three versions are included: Conditional Forms, Question Forms, Time Expressions.

Interpreting Statistics - Advanced Level Lesson Plan
This upper level conversation lesson uses statistics as a starting point for students to interpret information and draw their own conclusions. This lesson is especially useful to encourage students to not only repeat information they read, but develop their own opinions.

Lesson: Guilty!
"Guilty" is a fun classroom game which encourages students to communicate using past tenses. The game can be played by all levels and can be monitored for varying degrees of accuracy.

Lesson: Lego Blocks
Groups decide upon a design, give it a description (a name), and then write down step-by-step instructions for how another group could construct the same design from the six pieces. This activity promotes an enormous amount of discussion within the groups during the instruction-writing phase.

Quiz Lesson
People learn English for many reasons. Unfortunately, learners often think that there is only one way to learn English and that the same things are important for everyone. Students who are aware of why they are learning English can also be persuaded that different things are important for different learners. This lesson uses a quiz first and helps identify learner types.

Short Field Trips
This ESL lesson plan focuses on taking short field trips as a class and the activities that can help students prepare to make the most of their short field trips to local businesses and offices.

Speed Dating Lesson
Students get a chance to speak with a number of different partners - just like in speed dating - in this lesson. Short role plays encourage students to use a wide variety of language functions.

Role Play Exercise
Practice compromising and negotiating with your class in the lesson that provides role play suggestions and helpful phrases.

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