I am offering a free example of one of my Partner Conversation Practice exercises. These partner practice exercises will take from 10-20 minutes of class time, depending on the skill level of your students. It is set up so that students face one another in their desks, one student asking a variety of questions with the second student responding to each question with a complete sentence. In this practice the responding student will use a cue sheet for his/her responses. The student asking will have the answer and will help guide the student who struggles. Obviously there can be variations to the answer, for example when a student does not know how to start out, I ask my students to then give their partner the first word (or subject) of the answer. If this doesn't work, then give them the first two words and then maybe the first three. If they are unable to respond even with that help students are instructed to use it as teaching moment and explain how to get the answer.
I have noticed over the years that students quickly pick up this format and are eager to work with their classmates. In my classes students usually like to work with people they are familiar with or friends, so I allow for them on occasion to pick their partners. But other times I will say, "If you are in this row, find your partner from that row." Other times I match them up individually. I want them over the course of the year to work with all of their classmates. For one, they are then constantly exposed to having to understand different people and they also get to know their classmates this way.
Try this out and check out some of my other products. I hope they are as successful for you as they have been for me!