Basic Conversation Strategies
Basic Conversation Strategies

Basic Conversation Strategies

Learning the Art of Interactive Listening and Conversing



166 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Paperback, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $26.50 (US $26.50) (CA $21.50)

Publication Date: March 2010

ISBN 9780866473101

Price: $26.50


Basic Conversation Strategies is a prequel to the intermediate -level Conversation Strategies. One significant difference is that Basic Conversation Strategies has an important listening component. Conversation is, after all, not just speaking; it also involves listening, and a major part of the approach in this book includes training learners to be good listeners.

There are three components to this material. The Student Workbook contains everything students will need to do the exercises, except the material they need to listen and respond to. This material is available as Downloadable Audio. The Student Workbook does not contain printed versions of the listening input because real conversation is not accompanied with sub-titles or closed captions. The printed version of the listening input is available in the Teacher's Edition, available at, which is an essential component of Basic Conversation Strategies. The Teacher's Edition contains the entire Student Workbook and the complete scripts of all the listening input, plus teaching notes and suggestions, as well as feedback and evaluation forms.

The Downloadable Audio (visit has 67 listening exercises containing six types of exercises: 1) Listen and Fill- In, 2) Circle, 3) Choose, 4) Repeat, 5) Respond, and 6) Write.

Many of the audio-based exercises are in dialogue format, spoken by four native speakers. Although the Audio component is not essential (the teacher can speak the input), the material will be more effective and easier to manage if the students have access to the Audio.

Author Biography

David and Peggy Kehe, authors of Basic Conversation Strategies, have co-written eight textbooks with Pro Lingua Learning. They have been ESL teachers for over 35 years in the U.S., Japan, and Greece and with the Peace Corps in Niger. They both have a Master of Arts in TESOL from the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently, David is Faculty Emeritus at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA, and Peggy is retired from teaching. David also writes a blog about teaching ESL called "Common Sense Teaching ESL.