Discussion Starters: Speaking Fluency Activities for Advanced ESL/EFL Students

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One of the most common problems facing ESL teachers is the advanced speaking class in which the most confident students dominate the discussion and the weaker students quickly withdraw. Discussion Starters is designed to balance the oral participation of all the students in the class and thus promote an environment in which everyone has not only a chance but a real need to speak out.
Each unit contains a relatively small number of exercises (usually around five) which provide ...
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Overview


One of the most common problems facing ESL teachers is the advanced speaking class in which the most confident students dominate the discussion and the weaker students quickly withdraw. Discussion Starters is designed to balance the oral participation of all the students in the class and thus promote an environment in which everyone has not only a chance but a real need to speak out.
Each unit contains a relatively small number of exercises (usually around five) which provide speaking interaction about a central topic or idea. In most of these activities, students must work together in pairs or small groups to reach a conclusion about a topic. Other discussion books on the market today often use imaginary situations for discussion (e.g., "If you had a million dollars, what would you do?"). The activities and tasks in Discussion Starters are real situations from all over the world. When students are asked what they would do in a given situation or how a judge should rule in a case, all the material is real.
Naturally, teachers may assign additional readings to supplement the topics in Discussion Starters; however, there is ample background material in the text to start students on their way to a discussion. Thus, students can spend their class time speaking about and discussing topics rather than reading about them. A unique and important feature of this text is the inclusion of homework exercises that call on students to sort out their ideas and opinions before coming to class. This allows all students to be prepared for the speaking activities in class and is of special importance to the weaker, less confident non- native speakers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472083343
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 370,352
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 You Can Be the Judge: The New Job 1
2 Smoking or Nonsmoking? 3
3 Have You Read a Good Book or Seen a Good Movie Lately? 11
4 Combat Roles in the Military 14
5 Finish the Story: The French Bullet Train 19
6 Parents and Children: New Family Problems 22
7 Proverbs and Values 30
8 Gender Roles in 1850? 1950? 2050? 34
9 Put the Story Together: The Rough Flight 37
10 Save Our Planet: Is There Hope? 39
11 Group Speaking Puzzle: Movies, People, Food, and Places 47
12 When Cultures Clash: Multiculturalism and Clothing 50
13 Cinderella: An Old Tale in New Times 54
14 Getting Older: The "Golden Years"? 58
15 Put the Story Together: The Doctor 66
16 Should Drugs Be Legalized? 68
17 Put the Story Together: The Truck Driver 76
18 Is It Funny? Culture and Humor 78
19 AIDS: A Global Crisis 83
20 Finish the Story: The Math Test 90
21 Gun Control 93
22 Don't Forget the TIP (To Insure Promptness) 100
23 Drinking and Driving 104
24 The Neighbors' Christmas Decorations 110
25 You Can Be the Judge: Who Is the Winner? 114
26 Animals and Humans 117
27 How Old Is Your Mother? (Should There Be an Age Limit?) 128
28 Out of the Closet: Gay and Lesbian Issues 133
29 Group Speaking Puzzle: Food, Endangered Species, and Colors 142
30 The Bus Driver's Dilemma 145
31 You Can Be the Judge: May I Die? 148
32 Check Your Emergency IQ 156
Communication Activities 161
Decision's in Court Cases 173
Answer Key for Language Review Exercises 179
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