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These speaking activities have the simple aim of getting students to speak openly and freely, with minimal support, in order to achieve their communicative goals.

Only in this situation can we really gauge a student’s progress and discover their strengths and weaknesses.

On this page you will find suggestions for speaking exercises ranging from simpler more controlled interactions to wider-ranging free-speaking activities. Also available as an A4 sized book for photocopying. A mingling activity in which students locate the person on their sheet and engage them in short conversations. Well suited to the first lesson with a more advanced class.

In this mingling activity students trade opinions cards with their classmates.

Here is a list I created of hundreds of ESL conversation / discussion questions that you can use in a conversation English class.

I will update and expand the ESL conversation questions list on an ongoing basis.For a list of speech topics, please visit this page.Animals / Beauty / Crime / Drugs / Education / Entertainment / Emergency / English / Environment / Family / Future / Food / Health / Holiday / Homosexuality / Housing / Internet / Money / Philosophy / Politics / Punishment / Relationships & Love / Science & Religion / Sports & Leisure / Travel / Technology / Work / Other Personal rights: A month after 9/11, the Bush government signed a law named the US Patriot Act.Question time A simple to set up, free speaking activity where students take it in turns to moderate the discussion.Old school / new school A discussion exercise where students compare school life today to that of the past.The world in 20 years: future predictions Students use simple future to speculate about developments in different fields.