ESL Conversation Activities and Dialogues

Teaching conversation to ESL students requires good materials that can give students something to talk about. The printable ESL dialogues  below all include highlighted vocabulary words, discussion questions, and a sentence pattern. Scroll down for some more useful ESL conversation activities. Great for both one-on-one classes and larger ESL classes of all levels!

Beginner Dialogues (Taken from "All in All - Book 1" -- Click to download and view sample pages!)

Save or Spend - Sentence pattern: I am _____ing my _____.

Money, Money, Money - Sentence pattern: Next time don't _____.

Let's Go Fly a Kite! - Sentence pattern: I probably won't have time to _____.

I'm Bored! - Sentence pattern: I like to play catch with my _____.

Just Kidding - Sentence pattern: It looks like a _____ and it smells like a _____.

My Secret - Sentence pattern: I promise not to _____ if you promise to _____.

Paper Airplanes! - Sentence pattern: I will bring my _____. We can _____.

 

Low-Intermediate Dialogues (Taken from "All in All - Book 2" -- Click to download and view sample pages!)

Whining Wendy - Sentence pattern: Can I at least _____?

Slingshot - Sentence pattern: If you _____, you will probably _____.

Interests - Sentence pattern: We should get together and _____, and maybe we can _____ too!

Earthquake! - Sentence pattern: [Use vocabulary words in a sentence.]

The Sleepover - Sentence pattern: [Past tense sentences]

Ouch! - Sentence pattern: What happened to your _____? It looks very _____!

Burglar! - Sentence pattern: A _____ came into _____ last night and _____.

Litter Bug - Sentence pattern: He doesn't care about _____.

Spider! - Sentence pattern: [Use vocabulary words in a sentence.]

When I Grow Up - Sentence pattern: If I _____, maybe I will _____.

Make a Bet - Sentence pattern: I _____ instead of _____.

 

High-Intermediate Dialogues  (Taken from "All in All - Book 3" -- Click to download and view sample pages!)

Get a Job - Sentence patterns: I am old enough to _____. / If you _____, you'll be _____.

Graduation! - Sentence patterns: I am not a ____ anymore. / Your teachers expect you to _____.

Tattoo Tad - Sentence pattern: I use a _____ to _____.

Go Fly a Kite! - Sentence pattern: [Practice asking questions.]

Two Muffins - Sentence pattern: [Tell a joke.]

Don't Blame Me - Sentence pattern: I'm going to _____ because _____.

Go Go Granny! - Sentence pattern: [Vocabulary review.]

Superstitious Susan - Sentence pattern: If I want something, like a _____, I will _____.

Priorities - Sentence pattern: If I were you, I would _____.

 

 

Additional Resources for Teaching ESL Conversation and Speaking:

Our printable ESL lessons for adults include reading passages along with discussion and conversation questions. Great for adult students of all levels!

 

There are also many useful speaking/conversation activities on our ESL games page. Below is a sampling of some of the best activities involving speaking:

 

ESL Conversation Activities: Cardhead - Guess the name on your card using Yes/No questions. All Levels.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: The Symbol Game - A great icebreaker game for new classes! All Levels.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: Circle Memory Sentences - Students must remember all of the sentences said before his/her turn. Great for killing time at the end of class or reviewing vocabulary words at the beginning of class. All Levels.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: The Question Game - You read the answer, and students must come up with the correct question! All Levels.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: Tag Question Game - Fun and simple review activity to practice using tag questions like "...do you?" or "...can we?". All Levels.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: I've Never - A great game for practicing the Present Perfect Tense. Think of things that you have never done, but everyone else has done! Intermediate / Advanced.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: The Lying Game - Students take turns coming up with lies about themselves, and their classmates must guess which statements are true, and which are the lies! Intermediate / Advanced.

 

ESL Conversation Activities: Conversation Cards - Students answer the questions on the cards, or they can take turns saying one word each until the question is answered. Intermediate / Advanced

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