Keep the conversation ball rolling

After day 1, students now know how to make questions. However, the ability to ask questions to keep a conversation going is yet to be developed. This lesson is designed to help students build up habit of asking questions back to keep the conversation ball rolling. This will be a very important skill in terms of speaking.

Ice Break (10 mins)

  • How are you?
  • What did you do last weekend?
  • What did you do today?
  • What are you going to do next week?
  • What are you going to do tomorrow?

Catch-ball practicing  (80 mins)

1. Simple start: repeating questions (20 minutes)


I will ask you questions now. You will answer and ask me back the same question!

  • How are you?
  • What did you eat today?
  • What song do you like?
  • Who is your favourite singer/actor?
  • Why is she/he your favourite singer/actor?
  • What food do you like?
  • Why do you like that food?
  • What food don’t you like?
  • Why don’t you like that food?
  • Which one do you prefer: tea or coffee?
  • Where are you from?
  • Where do you live?
  • Where is your work/school?
  • When are you going to go to Australia?
  • When did you have lunch?
  • When did you start learning English?
  • Why do you want to learn English?

***Giving tips: you can use “How about you?” to replace the repetitive questions!

2. Gain confidence: make your own questions: (20~25 minutes)

Play game: Who am I & What am I

(Maybe ask students to give a list of 5 famous people and 5 things)

3. Level up: Keep the conversations going! (30 minutes)

Maybe I can create the first conversation template.


Main tasks: Based on each conversation setting (role-play), try to keep the conversation 10 minutes. (Choose 3)

  1. Long time no see friend (久しぶりにあった友達)
  2. First-time meeting friend/classmate (初めてあった人)
  3. Meet with your favourite idol/movie star/singer etc
  4. Interview setting

 Writing part (30 mins)

Write about someone else


  • 家族
  • 友人
  • 同僚