KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING (1 B2)
- WHAT DO YOU FIND DIFFICULT WHEN HAVING A CONVERSATION IN ENGLISH?
- WHAT STRATEGIES DO YOU USE TO KEEP A CONVERSATION GOING?
You don’t have to say much to keep the other person talking. In fact, in many cases, you can reply using three words or less.
Here are some ways of doing that:
Make a comment
Show surprise at what the other person is saying with “No!” or “Wow!” Show sympathy at someone’s bad news with “How awful” or “How terrible”. Show you’re interested with a comment like “That’s incredible” or “Amazing” or “Unbelievable”.
Encourage the other person
If the other person stops talking for a second or so, you can encourage them to keep talking with a phrase like “Go on” or “Oh yeah” or “So what happened next?”
Ask a question
In all the questions below, make sure your voice goes up at the end to show it’s a question.
“Really?” – to show surprise.
“Did you?” – Echo or reply questions can be used to encourage someone to tell their story.
For example, “I heard from Pete yesterday.” “Did you?” “Yes, he’s been ill for a couple of weeks.”
Over to you Listen and practise examples of these tips here:
(from ENGLISH SPEAKING ONLINE)
HAVE A LOOK AT THE HANDOUT I GAVE YOU IN CLASS. YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT FROM DROPBOX.