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Conversation Strategies 101

Conversation Strategies 101

Date: Tuesday 14 October

Time: 15:00 GMT

Recent research has given us interesting insights into many aspects of how we communicate.  Based on research from the Cambridge International Corpus of North American Spoken English, this session from the Touchstone authors, Helen Sandiford and Jeanne McCarten, will consider the kinds of strategies speakers use to manage conversations. 

They will illustrate: 

  • what conversation strategies are (e.g. ways to show or check understanding, to start and end conversations, or to involve other speakers in a conversation etc.);
  • why we need to teach these kinds of strategies to our students and how they can contribute to fluency in English;
  • some important pointers when teaching these strategies in the classroom.

There will be demonstrations of useful strategies to teach and helpful activities throughout the presentation, meaning you will finish the session with the confidence to start teaching conversation strategies to your students.

Jeanne McCarten is one of the authors of Touchstone. She taught English in Sweden, France, Malaysia and UK before becoming an ELT writer, and is interested in applying insights from corpus research to language teaching. Touchstone author Helen Sandiford has extensive teacher and teacher training experience having spent nine years in Japan setting up English programs, and teaching in Japanese senior high schools and vocational colleges.

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