I call this activity "On parle!" and use it in my French III classes and above to get them speaking more to each other.
You get 32 cards with conversation prompts on them and a template with 8 blank cards so you can make your own prompts.
Some ideas for using these cards:
1. Divide the class into groups of four. Have each group draw out a card and discuss the topic for 5-7 minutes. After that time, select a new topic to discuss.
2. Lead a large-group discussion by stating a topic and have the class contribute to the discussion. Ask other students to summarize what someone just said, or to give his/her thoughts about what that person just said.
3. After students have discussed several topics, have them pick one and write a paragraph about it in their writing journal.
These cards work great with my Super Cute Snails & Ladders Board Game (It's FREE!)