David Kehe is the author of Conversation Strategies ( avg rating, 8 ratings, 1 review, published ), Discussion Strategies ( avg rating, 6 rat. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Page 2. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Conversation Strategies: Pair and Group Activities for Developing Communicative Competence. Front Cover. David Kehe, Peggy Dustin Kehe. 외국어연수사.

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I recently came across some large boxes containing file upon file of activities that I had written. The activity was a controlled dialog, in which students listen to their partners and then choose the correct response from pair of choices. It was something like this: A daavid of students seem confused about when to use commas. Student A 1 Hi. Who has influenced you the most?

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All instructors think that their subjects are the most important and interesting in the world, so if you can use expressions like these in your papers, they will think that you are strategise intelligent because you like their subject. What are Conversation Strategies?

I remember specifically two students, Atsuko and Yumi, laughing and even extending their conversation, something previously unheard of in my conversation classes. You are going to read an article about some cultural differences. Students also practice polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions, getting a response, expressing probability, interrupting, and avoiding conversation killers.

What is the first thing you would do to create an environment where motivation can thrive? One day, I decided to put students in pairs Student A and Student B and gave half the prompts to Students A and the other half to Student B, which I hoped would greatly increase the amount of kehhe each student would get.

I assumed that they could on their own understand the point of a lesson—as well as appreciate its intrinsic value. The kwhe is enjoyable for students and teacher. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger teacher self?


Nobody who knows me well would ever expect that I would be linked in any way with musician Ted Nugent. These are the strategies we use to get more information, make comparisons, correct someone politely, agree and disagree, summarize, share information, and make decisions in a business meeting.

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.

With an understanding of grammar, instructors can help students develop the ability to more clearly explain their thoughts. Join Our Email List. The audience that I was writing for was my immediate class of students. Former students who read this told me that the information helped them understand the behavior of their foreign roommates and classmates and even the people in their own culture kene.

Although some of those activities ended up being published, I would not tell my younger self about that. We are going to practice expressions that you can use in a conversation that will make the person whom you are talking to feel really good. But it turned out to be a very productive 15 minutes cobversation the students, and thus, at total pleasure to administer.

The night before I tried this new exercise, I had trouble sleeping because I had no idea if it would work. Each fun, student-centered activity begins davod controlled language and moves to open, imaginative exchanges. Since that day, I rediscovered the tremendous value this provides in motivating students, and now I see it every day in the response my students have after I explain to them why we are going to do certain exercises.

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ESL students are aware that they are creating an impression on the readers of their written work through their control of grammar. To my relief, it worked like magic; everyone was engaged and energized.


Not until I truly became comfortable with my command of grammar did I feel like a competent ESL instructor. InI got a job at a language school in Japan. What is one of the most critical current issues affecting teachers of ESOL? Do you have a dog? This is a technique that you can use in almost any essay. He has co-authored nine textbooks, including the award-winning Conversation Strategies. I always had a feeling that the countless number of hours that I put into writing exercises for my students would never be a waste of time, so I would reassure my younger self that my instincts were accurate.

As time passed, I began to wonder whether students were krhe internalizing anything or not. Some examples of this are: They are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. Tell us something unexpected about you. Where are you going? Return to the Pro Lingua Home Page. Do you like coffee? I soon realized how little grammar I understood but also how important it was.

Also, he made me aware of the importance of the affective filter in language learning. Some I had used only once, but from each one I had learned valuable lessons that can come only from writing and then using exercises with students.

Tell us about the first time you really felt like you helped someone learn English.