Conversation Strategies
Conversation Strategies

Conversation Strategies

Pair and Group Activities for Develping Communicative Competence



148 Pages, 6 x 9.125

Formats: Paperback, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $21.50 (US $21.50) (CA $29.00)

Publication Date: August 2014

ISBN 9780866473699

Price: $21.50


Conversation strategies are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. These skills supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: grammar, vocabulary, and usage. However, 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.

The strategies practiced in this book include 1) getting more information, 2) making comparisons, 3) correcting someone politely, 4) agreeing and disagreeing, 5) summarizing, 6) sharing information, and 7) making decisions.

Students also practice 1) polite forms, 2) rejoinders, 3) clarifications, 4) follow-up questions, 5) getting a response, 6) expressing probability, 7) interrupting, and 8) avoiding conversation killers.

The 29 pair and group activities help develop communicative competence. These fun, student-centered activities begin with controlled language and move to open, imaginative exchanges.

Author Biography

David Keheand Peggy Dustin Kehe, authors of the award-winning 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."