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Discussion Starters

Speaking Fluency Activities for Advanced ESL/EFL Students
Keith S. Folse
Thirty-two lively topics to stimulate classroom discussion for advanced ESL students


Works great with intermediate—high-intermediate students, too!

Each unit contains exercises that provide speaking interaction about a central topic or idea. In most of these activities, students must work together in pairs or small groups to reach a conclusion about a topic. Contemporary political and social topics enable students to engage in lively dialogue about issues they face in their daily lives, such as smoking regulation, the environment, and multiculturalism. There is ample background material in the text to prepare students in advance for a discussion. Thus students can spend their class time speaking about and discussing topics rather than reading about them. A unique and important feature of this text is the inclusion of homework exercises that call on students to sort out their ideas and opinions before coming to class. This allows students to be prepared for the speaking activities in class and is of special importance to less confident speakers.


More Discussion Starters—more great activities at the same level.

Too high? See First Discussion Starters.

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  • 7 x 10.
  • 200pp.
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  • Paper
  • 1996
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  • 978-0-472-08334-3

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