Use these cards to teach the different parts of a conversation. It is best to first teach the students how to have a conversation with one other person. Once they have mastered that, you could teach them to have a conversation with more than one person.
Parts of a Conversation
Greeting: The beginning of a conversation where you say hi, hello, etc. It is often a good idea to use the person's name.
Starting question or comment: How you start or introduce the conversation.
Body: The bulk of the conversation, both people in the conversation are asking questions and making comments. (use the person mapping cards to track when each person in the conversation ask questions and make comments.) I try to teach my students that their needs to be close to an equal amount of questions and comments between both parties.
Short Explanation: How we leave a conversation. Our reason for leaving.
Farewell: How we end the conversation. Where you would say bye or see you later.
Have the students sort the parts of a conversation into a correct order after they have been introduced to the different parts.
Have the students define and give examples of the different parts of a conversation.
Use the “mapping cards” to map out a conversation between two partners. After the conversation is over talk about how many questions and comments each partner made.
When the student makes an appropriate topic shift, use the ”Topic change” card to help the students visualize when the topic shifts.
Use the “How on Topic” page to teach students that their comments and questions need to be on topic. Use the “off topic” and “slightly off topic” cards when mapping a conversation to visually show students when they make an off topic comment or question.