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ESL: Improving Conversation Skills

Practice conversational English in the classroom through a series of activities—game playing, presentations, role playing, and others—that will help you with your pronunciation, expand your vocabulary, help you to correctly ask questions, and help you speak English more confidently. You’ll also research topics of conversation via social media, and reflect on your fellow students’ own communication styles and habits.

Students will practice in pairs, small groups, and with the class as a whole. Additionally, students will be expected to do approximately 2 hours each week of preparation for the next class session to include outside reading, research, or textbook exercises.


After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Practice real-world conversations to gain confidence with the English language
  • Practice vocabulary, pronunciation, and usage to improve comprehension, expand word and phrase bank, and increase fluency
  • Choose appropriate idioms and phrasal verbs to include in conversations
  • Practice listening and responding through stories, conversation activities, and class discussions

Course Content

This course is designed for intermediate to upper intermediate level,* non-native speakers of English who would like to practice and improve their conversational skills.

* Intermediate: The student can speak and understand reasonably well, use basic tenses, understand the main ideas of complex text, and can interact with a degree of spontaneity, but may have problems with more complex grammar and vocabulary.

*Upper-intermediate: The student can use language in a professional context, communicate without much difficulty, and interact with native speakers without strain, but still may make grammar and spelling mistakes and needs help with more complex grammatical structures in writing.