David Kehe is the author of Conversation Strategies ( avg rating, 8 ratings, 1 review, published ), Discussion Strategies ( avg rating, 6 rat. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Page 2. From Conversation Strategies by David Kehe and Peggy Dustin Kehe. Conversation Strategies: Pair and Group Activities for Developing Communicative Competence. Front Cover. David Kehe, Peggy Dustin Kehe. 외국어연수사.

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Also, he made me aware of the importance of the affective filter in language learning. What are Conversation Strategies? These are the strategies we use to get more information, make comparisons, correct someone politely, agree and disagree, summarize, share information, and make decisions in a business meeting.

David Kehe has taught ESL for over 35 years in four countries. Tell us something unexpected about you. His name is Joe. ESL students are aware that they are creating an impression on the readers of their written work through their control of grammar. What is one of the most critical current issues affecting teachers of ESOL?

This was a transformative experience for me.

Where are you going? Each fun, student-centered activity begins with controlled language and moves to open, imaginative exchanges. It was something like this: All instructors think that their subjects are the most important and interesting in the world, so if you can use expressions like these in your papers, they will think that you davidd very intelligent because you like their subject.

Some I had used only once, but from each one I had learned valuable lessons that can come only from writing and then using exercises with students. The audience that I was writing for was my immediate class of students.

One day, I decided to put students in pairs Student A and Student B and gave half the prompts to Students A and the other half to Student B, which I hoped would greatly increase the amount of practice each student would get.


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Easy to use in any intermediate level class. You are going to read an article about some cultural differences. I remember specifically two students, Atsuko and Yumi, laughing and even extending their conversation, something previously unheard of in my conversation classes. This is a technique that you can use in almost any essay.

After about six weeks of training, I started teaching. If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger teacher self? I soon realized how little grammar I understood but also how important it was. Former students who read this told me that the information helped them understand the behavior of their foreign roommates and classmates and even the people in their own culture better.

A lot of students seem confused about when to use commas. Join Our Email Conversatiln. Student A 1 Hi. He has co-authored nine textbooks, including the award-winning Conversation Strategies. Students also practice polite forms, rejoinders, clarifications, follow-up questions, getting a response, expressing convetsation, interrupting, and avoiding conversation killers.

Tell us about the first time you really felt like you helped someone learn English. Who has influenced you the most? Return to the Pro Lingua Home Page.

I assumed that they could on their own understand the point of a lesson—as well as appreciate its intrinsic value.

David Kehe (Author of Conversation Strategies)

But it turned out to be a very productive 15 minutes for the students, and thus, at total pleasure to administer. Do you have a dog? Since that day, I rediscovered the tremendous value converrsation provides in motivating students, and now I see it every day in the response my students have after I explain to them why we are going to do certain exercises. Do you want to come too?

The night before I tried this new exercise, I had trouble sleeping because I had no idea if it would work. We are conversatin to practice expressions that you can use in a conversation that will make the person whom you are talking to feel really good. As time passed, I began to wonder whether students were really internalizing anything or not. They are techniques that help the speaker and listener keep a conversation going to its natural and desired conclusion. Do you like coffee?


The work is enjoyable for students and teacher. The activity was a controlled dialog, in which students listen to their partners and then choose the correct response from pair of choices.

To develop strategic converstion, students must learn the words, phrases, and conventions used as two speakers engage in the active give-and-take of conversation. And I was able to re-use that exercise several times after that. I recently came across some large boxes containing file upon file of activities that I had written. Each activity has three parts: Unfortunately, I find many people these days coming out of ESL teacher-training programs and grad schools with little understanding of basic grammar.

InI got a job at a language school in Japan. Not until I truly became comfortable with my command of grammar did I feel like a competent ESL instructor.

With an understanding of grammar, instructors can help students develop the ability to more clearly explain their thoughts. Then, one term, I was teaching in an instructor-training program, and during a class, I told the trainees about the importance of always introducing an exercise by explaining the purpose of it. Nobody who knows me well would ever expect that I would be linked in any way with musician Ted Nugent.

They are skills that supplement the linguistic and sociolinguistic skills most texts focus on: To my relief, it worked like magic; everyone was engaged and energized.

What is the first thing you would do to create an environment where motivation can thrive?