An intro to “conversation strategies”

For ages now, I’ve wanted to post a presentation of some kind about conversation strategies. First, I wanted to aim it at students. Then I decided to make it for teachers. Then I vacillated over which form to put it in: Slideshare, a PowerPoint, a Prezi, blah blah blah.

With some encouragement from Cambridge’s Richard Walker, who liked the video I did that showcased the topics of the new edition for Nice Talking with You, I figured, why not do a similar video that emphasized conversation strategies? The video is heavy on illustration and action so that we can keep students’ attention, but the organization and underlying “building blocks” metaphor of the video make it easy for teachers to visualize and remember.

So for teacher and learner alike, I hope it’s a cool way to conceptualize conversation strategies. You can see it here: “English fluency with conversation strategies” (about halfway down the page).

Thanks to Rich LePage for lending his legendary audio engineering talent.