Small talk for specific language points (TEFLtastic Classics Part 41)

There is perhaps no smoother introduction to and no more realistic way of practising language than a set of especially chosen small talk questions. These could be questions including the grammar etc that you want to practise, e.g. small talk questions just in present tenses, in which case you could see how much of that language students can remember after they have used them to chat with their partner(s). Or they could be questions which you chose as likely to prompt use of the vocabulary etc that you have introduced or will introduce, e.g. “Have you seen any good… recently?” etc to link to arts and media vocabulary, or lots of different “How…?” questions to practise conversational reactions like “That’s a shame” and “I envy you”.

Photocopiable examples of all of this below. Some worksheets are given in more than one section if they serve more than one of those purposes.

 

Small talk for grammar practice

Small talk for tenses

Small talk for present tenses

Small talk with how often – NEW

Present Continuous small talk

Small talk with present tenses to start meetings (with useful phrases for ending the small talk and getting down to business)

Business English small talk questions with be and do (and updated version in this e-book)

 

Small talk for past tenses

Past Simple small talk questions

Present Perfect Simple and Continuous small talk

Business English small talk questions with Present Perfect and Past Simple (and updated version in this e-book)

 

Small talk for reviewing tenses

Small talk tense review – in this e-book

How questions tense review

 

Small talk for question formation

Wh questions for making small talk

Business English small talk questions with be and do

Direct, indirect and taboo small talk questions

 

Small talk for other grammar points

Small talk with how often – NEW

 

Small talk for vocabulary practice

Small talk on the news

How questions about work and leisure – NEW

Small talk questions about work and leisure – NEW

 

Small talk for functional language

Being sympathetic and unsympathetic

Conversational reactions page

Small talk with present tenses to start meetings (with useful phrases for ending the small talk and getting down to business)

 

More small talk PDFs and an article on the topic, plus other related links here:

Small talk page

Many other adaptable games here:

TEFLtastic Classics Parts One to 40

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2 Responses to Small talk for specific language points (TEFLtastic Classics Part 41)

  1. brendonwolf says:

    Thank you!
    I fully agree that this is the best way to practice speaking, as well as grammar.

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