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How to get ESL learners to speak - Conversation Starter Role Play Cards for ESL

There are so many things ESL teachers need in a day and one major thing they need is a way to get ESL learners to speak. These super quick to prep conversation starter role play cards are the perfect addition to your conversation centers or topics in class.

Print them off on coloured paper, laminate and you're good to go.

Use and re-use them year on year.

There are so many things ESL teachers need in a day and one major thing they need is a way to get ESL learners to speak. These super quick to prep conversation starter role play cards are the perfect addition to your conversation centers or topics in class.

Pick up your free cards at the end of this post!


How to get ESL learners to speak

Here are some quick tips to naturally get your ESL learners to practice speaking - without pulling your hair.

  • Start topics that you know everyone will have something to say about. Some examples include food, sleep, hobbies, celebrations etc. 
  • Make sure your ESL learners are sitting next to someone else so they can easily talk to them and ask them questions. This is a part of the ESL learning culture in class.
  • Have your students ask you questions (you can allocate time for this)
  • You will have some shy ESL learners in your class and that's okay. Just make sure you probe and ask them questions to see if they understand what they need to do. 
  • Use conversation role play cards (that you make or you could download and use the ones at the end of this post).

Here are some more I've created in my store:

There are so many things ESL teachers need in a day and one major thing they need is a way to get ESL learners to speak. These super quick to prep conversation starter role play cards are the perfect addition to your conversation centers or topics in class.

Conversation Role Play Cards - Sleep

These role play cards are so easy to prep you will be so relieved. They are also the best tool to use and re-use with different groups of ESL students. Do you teach several groups in a day?

Well, I do. And laminating these was a life SAVER!

I store them into plastic sleeves or even a file folder along with other conversation starter topics and pull them out when I need them in the day. Easy!

Ready to download your speaking role play cards?

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Then comment below and tell me how you used them! ;)

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