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  • scottdk
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    • October 04, 2010, 12:30:13 pm
Phone Conversation
« on: November 07, 2010, 07:31:09 pm »
I'm looking for some suggestions of what to do for teaching phone conversation.  Since English doesn't have separate vocab for talking on the phone, I'm not quite sure what to teach.  I'm not sure teaching how to talk on the phone in a Business situation is really relevant for the students, I'm having a rough time figuring this one out. 


  • Halcyon
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    • April 22, 2010, 09:05:40 pm
    • Suncheon
Re: Phone Conversation
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010, 09:30:00 pm »
It's true that English doesn't really have separate vocabulary for talking on the phone but business/formal phone conversations are quite different than talking to your friend on the phone.  If it's imperative that you specifically teach talking on the phone in a business situation then you might be able to make use of the following sites:

http://www.englishclub.com/speaking/telephone.htm

http://esl.about.com/od/businessspeakingskills/a/t_vocab.htm

http://www.eslmania.com/students/business_english/Telephone.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/business/talkingbusiness/unit1telephone/1connecting.shtml

And here's an English lesson courtesy of Pod English. (not sure how old your kids are)

http://www.youtube.com/v/m-W6dXfm7YE?fs=1&hl=en_US

I'm a big fan of their videos, occasionally using them as an intro to my lessons.  They're short, succinct, and always have a nice little wrap-up quiz at the end.  I don't think this video is one of their best but I posted it anyway just to give you an idea.  If the students are younger, perhaps you could find a more humorous video to use if you decide to use one at all.

For this kind of topic I'd just follow the basic PPP format.  Present the topic and the keywords and key phrases( by video or audio track, or by modelling a mock business call with your co-teacher using your cellphones), have the students practice a dialogue you have prepared for them, and then finish up by having them produce their own conversations (short) in which they have to incorporate several of the keywords/phrases that you introduced earlier.

Oh, @ some point I would have students sit back-to-back and practice without being able to see one another.  I find situations like this always seem to evoke a lot of laughter and make the lesson a bit more enjoyable...and props for a lesson like this are always nice, too...An over-sized telephone perhaps!


I'm sorry I don't have a specific lesson plan for this topic but I'm sure you can do a web search and find one with ease.



« Last Edit: November 07, 2010, 10:29:01 pm by halycon »


Re: Phone Conversation
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 07:27:14 am »
Depending on the level of your students, this might be appropriate:

http://bogglesworldesl.com/survival_travel_english/making_plans.htm

I modified this activity a little and did it with all of my high school classes. They loved the opportunity to get out of their seats to complete the diary.


  • sonya
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    • August 31, 2009, 08:54:59 am
    • Wonju
Re: Phone Conversation
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 07:50:27 am »
http://bogglesworldesl.com/telephone_roleplay.htm

Another bogglesworld lesson that works on phone skills. 

Sonya


  • scottdk
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    • October 04, 2010, 12:30:13 pm
Re: Phone Conversation
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 09:16:04 am »
Thank you guys for posting.  Your suggestions are very helpful.  I'm teaching 1st graders in my middle school, so wanting to keep things simple for them.  Thanks


  • sonya
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    • August 31, 2009, 08:54:59 am
    • Wonju
Re: Phone Conversation
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 09:36:02 am »
The survival one posted earlier, I've used with my 1st grade middle schoolers. 

I follow the lesson for the most part but when we're ready to do the roleplay, I start out with the 2 kids doing one off the cuff like the lesson then, I put the students in pairs-1 student is A and one is B, then arranged in 2 circles...A's on the inside and B's on the outside.  They go through the role play, record their plans and then I say, "Change," and all the B students move one to the right while the A's remain where they are.  My co-teacher and I are circulating around helping out or sometimes one of us is part of the group. 

It's pretty simple for the students but a little loud...I don't mind the loud, as it's usually in English, all the desks and chairs are also moved to the side so you must be clear on the lesson with the students so they know what they have to do before you start.  They should also bring something hard to write on and don't forget a pencil.

Good luck if you decide to give it a go.

http://bogglesworldesl.com/survival_travel_english/making_plans.htm

Sonya