More Discussion Starters: Activities for Building Speaking Fluency
Keith S. Folse
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Most of the units in this book introduce a problem or controversial topic at the beginning of the unit. This is then followed by a series of exercises designed to prepare all of the students so that they can express their ideas at the next class meeting. A unit usually includes several kinds of oral fluency activities, such as problem-solving tasks, court cases, "finish the story," role plays, "put the story together," small group discussions, and oral presentations.
to b. instead of 8. bury a. put in a machine b. put in the ground 9. relatives a. family members b. close friends 10. concept a. starting point b. idea 11. A turns into B. a. Now we have only A. b. Now we have only B. 12. dust a. powder b. air 13. creature a. dead thing b. living thing 14. variation a. similarity b. difference 15. controversial a. Many people agree. b. Many people disagree. 16. defrost a. become unfrozen b. become frozen 17. cure a. cause a disease
answers?____________________ 92 U N I T 14 2. What percentage of people in vehicles in the United States do you think wear a seat belt? _______ percent (You will find out the correct answer very soon.) 3. Why do some people insist on wearing a seat belt? 4. Why do some people insist on NOT wearing a seat belt? Seat Belt Effectiveness Number of Motor Vehicle Deaths in 1998 National percentage of motor vehicle occupants wearing seat belts 41,471 69% Number of lives saved by seat belt use
like the one in exercise 18.1. Try to have a funny or surprising ending. *If there are extra students, these students should be judges. The judges should listen to the story lines and decide if the eight students have put themselves in the correct order or not. Conversely, if there are not eight students, the teacher should participate, and perhaps one or two of the lines could be copied on a sheet of paper that could be placed on the floor in the cor rect position within the story (See step
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are against abortion; others support a woman’s right to control her own body. You should give the opinion that you think is appropriate. Communication Activity 72 Write this line on page 45: The man returned to his doctor the following week. Communication Activity 73 decoding the structure of DNA Communication Activity 74 Write this line on page 71: Tatiana goes to a psychic to contact her dear de parted grandmother. Communication Activity 75 1. F. Although the costs of incarceration are