My favourite activity in Level One of the Fluency Course
Last week we had our students try to write dialogues for the first time. We usually do this in week three of each month. You can learn more about this activity in this video.
Our students struggled a bit at first, but soon got the idea. Here are some things I recommend to help introduce the dialogue writing activity as smoothly and easily as possible:
- encourage students to ask the teacher if they don’t know how to say/write something
- tell students they can use the question sheets or their textbooks to help them
- suggest the ‘next step’ to students who are stuck -a follow-up question or reaction
- don’t let students leave until they finish*
*this is crucial because we need to show students that they can’t just stall their way out of doing the writing 🙂
Here are some of the dialogues our students came up with. I always check them, choose the best ones, and use them to practice in the fourth week each month. This allows students to see examples of good dialogues, and hugely speeds up their progress.