Conversational Skills Objective
Develop fluency and grammatical correctness in speaking.
Type of Materials or Book Used
Type of Lesson Activities
1. Childhood memories; practice using the past tense and telling stories.
2. Bucket list; practice speaking about goals in life and reported speech, talking about lists using ordinal numbers in ranking items, first, second, third, fourth, and fifth.
Lesson Plan Format
1. Students have 5 minutes to prepare a story about one of their first memories from childhood. They are instructed that this exercise is practice using the past tense of verbs as it is a story from their past.
Each student then presents their story. Teacher takes notes about grammatical errors, but doesn't interrupt. Then the teacher comments on the story and goes over the mistakes, reading what the student said and offering the correction... letting the student choose which is correct. Alternately, the teacher reads the grammar error and gives the student a chance to correct it. (Their classmates can help.)
I recommend spreading this activity over 2-3 classes, but eventually letting everyone have their turn.
2. Bucket list. Tell students to write down 5 things that they want to accomplish in their life before they "kick the bucket" (idiom for die). Give them 5 minutes to write their list. Then ask students to share their lists with another student. Give them 5 minutes to talk about their lists.
Then ask for volunteers to report on what the other student told them. This is practice in reported speech. Review the grammar first, He said that... and the use of ordinal numbers in reporting speech, first, second, third, fourth, fifth.
- This activity works best for high intermediate and advanced level students.