i'm teaching conversation/listening course this summer & I need some suggestions on how to improve my students' language skills!! your cooperation is highly appreciated.
These sites are wonderful
How to Improve Conversation Skills
You can teach them (1) vowel musicality through minimal pairs and sets
minimal pairs: set - pet / big - pig / pin - bin / ferry - very
minimal sets: feel - fell - fall - fuel - fool - fill - foal - full - file - foul
boot - but - beet - bout - bat - bit - bite - bet - boat
(2) word/sentence stress: present -v present -n
(3) intonation (rising/faling) ..etc
Wish you all the best
Good luck with the classes. What level of students will you teach? Will it be more conversation focused, or will you primarily deal with pronunciation?
I've written an article on speaking, which you can find here:
Speaking English Well
You may also want to check out the following sites. The first I stumbled across last week, and it has with a list of discussion activities. The second has a lot of useful articles and ideas.
Best of luck!
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