ESL classroom tools for conversation skills

Join a global community of over 200,000 TEFL teachers working throughout the world! Enrol me!

As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, one of the skills that you will have to develop well is your conversation teaching skills; after all, for most people – speaking is the most important reason for learning English.

The majority of ESL students feel frustrated when it comes to expressing themselves in English, and students will often complain that they don’t get enough speaking practise in order to become more confident in speaking. If you use these tools regularly enough, the students should become confident in expressing themselves. It should be remembered that the words and expressions needed when using these tools must have been taught prior to the activity. Roleplay is probably the most useful tool for developing speaking skills, and it is also great fun for the students: it can be used with all age groups.  Once a scenario has been selected, students can participate in the roles that have been assigned to them. It is a good way to learn how to use the vocabulary and expressions that one might come across in everyday situations, e.g., ‘a road accident’, ‘shopping at the grocer’s, ‘reporting a theft to the police, etc. Don’t be too ambitious – start with small role-plays, and use cue cards if the students find it particularly difficult. Individual oral presentations can be very effective in developing confidence, and they can be used with all age groups. The student should be given a topic to talk about for about two minutes. Upon completion of the presentation, the rest of the class can put questions to the speaker. In those cases where the students do not feel comfortable standing in front of the class, allow these students to give their presentations standing or sitting at their desks. Debating is a useful tool for use in all those classes that are at the B2 level or higher. The class should be split into two groups: one group should argue in favour of the motion and the other half against the motion, e.g., ‘Living in the countryside is better than living in a city’ – discuss. Prior to the debate, the groups should be given the opportunity to discuss their position amongst themselves. Videos are a very useful and enjoyable tool for developing speaking skills. After the video, quiz the students on their understanding of the video. Don’t forget to watch the video before you show it to the class, and make notes on any useful or difficult words or expressions. Get them talking – that’s what language is all about.

Get Social

Follow us on social networks, join our newsletter - get the latest news and early discounts

Sign up to our newsletter

Follow us on social networks, sign up to our e-newsletters – get the latest news and early discounts

Accreditation Partners

The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

Product added to your cart

You have added to your cart:

Request call back

    Please leave your details below and one of our TEFL experts will get back to you ASAP:

    captcha Type characters on the left:

    Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

    Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

    Download the TEFL World Factbook

      Please enter your details in order to download the latest TEFL World Factbook.

      Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

      Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

      Thank you for downloading the TEFL World Factbook!


      If the TEFL World Factbook did not download
      > Click Here To Download <.

      Download the Online Teaching Guide

        Please enter your details in order to download our Online Teaching Guide.

        Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

        Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

        Thank you for downloading our Online Teaching Guide!


        If the Online Teaching Guide did not download
        > Click Here To Download <.

        Download Prospectus

          Please enter your details in order to download our latest prospectus.

          Would you like us to update you on TEFL opportunities, jobs and related products & services?

          Yes, keep me updatedNo, but thanks anyway!

          Thank you for downloading our prospectus!


          We hope you enjoy reading our prospectus, we have tried to make it as useful as possible! Please get in touch if you have any questions.


          If the prospectus did not download automatically
          > Click Here To Download <.

          $
          $