David Kehe is the author of Conversation Strategies ( avg rating, 8 ratings, 1 review, published ), Discussion Strategies ( avg rating, 6 rat. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Page 2. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Conversation Strategies: Pair and Group Activities for Developing Communicative Competence. Front Cover. David Kehe, Peggy Dustin Kehe. 외국어연수사.

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InI got a job at a language school in Japan. Nobody who knows me well would ever expect that I would be linked in any way with musician Ted Nugent.

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The night conversafion I tried this new exercise, I had trouble sleeping because I had no idea if it would work. ESL students are aware that they are creating an impression on the readers of their written work through their control of grammar. The audience that I was writing for was my immediate class khe students.

David Kehe has taught ESL for over 35 years in four countries. I remember specifically two students, Atsuko and Yumi, laughing and even extending their conversation, something previously unheard of in my conversation classes.

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One day, I decided to put students in pairs Student A and Student B and gave half the prompts to Students Conversarion and the other half to Student B, which I hoped would greatly increase the amount of practice each student would get. Davdi assumed that they could on their own understand strateiges point of a lesson—as well as appreciate its intrinsic value.

He has co-authored nine textbooks, including the award-winning Conversation Strategies. To my relief, it worked like magic; everyone was engaged and energized.

His name is Joe. To develop strategic competence, students must learn the words, phrases, and conventions used as two speakers engage in the active give-and-take of conversation. Easy to use in any intermediate level class. What is the first thing you would do to create an environment where motivation can thrive?


Although some of those activities ended up being published, I would not tell my younger self about that. They are skills that supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: We are going to practice expressions that you can use in a conversation that will make the person whom you are talking dvaid feel really good.

After about six weeks of training, I started teaching.

This was a transformative experience for me. What is one of the most critical current issues affecting teachers of ESOL? And I was able to re-use that exercise several times after that. Who has influenced you the most?

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Tell us about the first time you really felt like you helped someone learn English. I recently came across some large boxes containing file upon file of activities that I had written. Some examples of this are: This conversztion a technique that you can khee in almost any essay. What are Conversation Strategies? Also, he made me aware of the importance of the affective filter in language learning. A lot of students seem confused about when to use commas.

Where are you going? Not until I truly became comfortable with my command of grammar did I feel like a competent ESL instructor.

Students also practice polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions, getting a response, expressing probability, interrupting, and avoiding conversation killers. As time passed, I began to wonder whether students were really internalizing anything or not. Since that day, I rediscovered the tremendous value this provides in motivating students, and now I see it every day xonversation the response my students have after I explain to them why we are going to do certain exercises.

I always had a feeling that the countless number of strategirs that I put into writing exercises davld my students would never be a waste of time, so I would reassure my younger self that my instincts were accurate. The work is enjoyable for students and teacher. Unfortunately, I find many people these days coming out of ESL teacher-training programs and grad schools with little understanding of basic grammar. They are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion.


All instructors think that their subjects are the most important and interesting in the world, so if you can use expressions like these in your papers, they will think that you are very intelligent because you like their subject. Former students who read this told me that the information helped them understand the behavior of their foreign roommates and classmates and even the people in their own culture better.

It was something like this: Then, one term, I was teaching in an instructor-training program, and during a class, I told the trainees about the importance of always introducing an exercise by explaining the purpose of it. These are the strategies we use to get more information, make comparisons, correct someone politely, agree and disagree, summarize, share information, and make decisions in iehe business meeting.

With an understanding of grammar, instructors can help students develop the ability to more clearly explain their thoughts. Do you want to come too? Intermediate, Primary to Adult. Each fun, student-centered activity begins with controlled language and moves to open, imaginative exchanges. Student A 1 Hi. Each activity has three parts: But it turned out to be a very productive 15 minutes for the students, and thus, at total pleasure to administer.

Join Our Email List. Tell us something unexpected about you. Do you have a dog? I soon realized how little grammar I understood but also how important it was. Return to the Pro Lingua Home Page. Some I had used only once, but from each one I had learned valuable lessons that can come only from writing and then using exercises with students.

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