ESL Conversation Freshmen 2017 Week 1

Welcome to the English conversation class, Fall 2017. You are going learn English speaking skills in this class.

ESL Conversation Syllabus

This is a basic level conversation class. The main objective is to help to improve your speaking and listen skills.

Plan for this Week

  1. review the ESL conversation syllabus (e.g. book, grades, etc)
  2. extra resources
  3. conversation activities


Your homework this week is simple.

  • get the textbook
  • obtain pencil and notebooks
  • find a dictionary

Next Week

  • textbook unit 7 A and B
  • conversation questions

Extra Resources

ESL Conversation Activities

Monday Hour 1

  1. Introduction, syllabus and resources (15)
  2. 5 x 5 Grid – an activity to meet other people (20 min)
  3. ESL conversation questions (small group work) (25 min)

Tuesday Hour 1

  1. Attendance and quick review of syllabus (5)
  2. Pair work vocabulary. Learn the words for everyday objects. (15)
  3. Picture dictation. Describe the picture in detail. Your partner listens and draws exactly we you say. Key point: speak in detail with good prepositions. (15)
  4. Nine letter challenge. Make as many words as you can with these letters. (10)

Hour 2

  1. attendance (5)
  2. Sound and Sort b – a speaking and thinking activity (15)
  3. Odd one out – a thinking and speaking activity (20). This activity looks simple at first, but requires some imagination and analysis in order to get the best learning experience. Try harder and you will be rewarded with something good – you will learn (a good motto for everything in life).
  4. prepositional phrases worksheet (15)
  5. talk about book report project (15)


Hour 3

Unit 7 (45)

Vocabulary (10)

  • circle of friends
  • phrasal verb
  • a hedge (to hedge)
  • go through a lot together
  • convenient
  • college (US vs Canada meaning)
  • hot right now
  • I met him through a friend
  • clean freak

Page 66 (10)

  • read first
  • listen alone
  • answer questions in C

Review clauses

What is a relative clause? A quick review. (10)

page 67 #2 (10)

  • quick review of grammar
  • make sentences with relative clauses

page 67 #3 (10)

  • pair work
  • make long answers with relative clauses


Extra Materials

Vocabulary and puzzle worksheet. Work with a partner to answer the questions.

It’s a quick reading exercise and fast vocabulary development exercise. Answering quickly is key.