Conversation Starters



  1. How is your community or city like?
  2. What’s your favorite movie? why did you like it ?
  3. What sports do you like to play or watch?
  4. What’s your favorite color?
  5. What did you do last weekend?
  6. What do you think of tattoos?
  7. What three words best describe you?
  8. If you had intro music, what song would it be? Why?
  9. Who is your oldest friend? Where did you meet him or her?
  10. What foods do you absolutely hate?
  11. What is your favorite holiday?
  12. What are your goals for the next two years?
  13. What is your favorite piece of technology that you own?
  14. How do you feel if you accidentally leave your phone at home?
  15. Do you text more or call more? Why?
  16. How many apps do you have on your phone?
  17. What are the three best apps on your phone?
  18. What’s your favorite song?
  19. What’s one of your favorite music videos?
  20. When was the last time you went to a movie theater?
  21. Which do you prefer? Books or movies?
  22. What cartoons did you watch as a child?
  23. What are some traits that  your favorite cartoon character has?
  24. What’s the best sitcom past or present?
  25. Who is your favorite  movie or TV Show characters?
  26. What are you best at?
  27. How would you spend $500 in two hours?
  28. If you were in a dessert island,  what would you love to eat every day?
  29. Who was your favorite highschool teacher?
  30. What are your best childhood memories?

Principles of Language Assessment: Speaking

Intensive Speaking

A read aloud Task: Teacher listen a recording evaluate the students in a series of phonological factors and fluency.  Some variations of this  task are:

  • reading a scripted dialogue with someone else
  • reading  sentences containing minimal pairs
  • reading information from a table chart

Sentence/ dialogue completion task: Students read through the dialogue so he can think about proper lines to fill in. The teacher produces one part orally and the stundents responds

Picture cued Tasks: The picture-cued required a description from the test taker

Responsive Speaking

Question  and answer: Students respond questions that the test administrator asks

Giving Instructions and Directions: The test-taker is asked to give directions or instructions

Paraphrasing: The test-taker is asked to paraphrase in two or three sentences what he heard or read.

Interactive Speaking

Interview: It is a face-to-face exchange between test administrator and test taker. The  stages of an interview are

  • Warm-up
  • Level Check
  • Probe
  • Wind-down

Role play is a common pedagogical activities used in communicative English classes

Discusssions and Conversations: These two speaking tasks provide  a level of authenticity and spontaneity that other assessment techniques may not provice

Games are an informal assessment task but they are not commonly used.

Extensive Speaking

Oral Presentations  are the most common task for evaluacting extensive speaking nd thet are evaluated based on content and delivery.

Picture-cued story telling:  Students describe a story based on series of pictures that they previously saw.

Picture Cued Story Telling

Re-Telling a story, News Event: Students are asked to tell a story of a new of something they heard or read.

Imitative speaking:

Imitative speaking tasks are based on repetition. You just need to repeat a sentence you hear


Sites you definitely have to look at

  1. Formative Assessment Task
  2. Describe a photo or picture
  3. Discussion
  4. Oral PresentationOral Presentation


Questions about Entertainment

Movies coming up 2014

  1. What´s your favorite movie?
  2. What were  some  of the  TV Shows  or  cartoons   that  you  watched    when   you  were  a  child?
  3. Who do you like   to be   with while watching TV or a Movie?
  4. Who don’t   you   like   to be with   while watching television or a movie?
  5. What is your favorite actor or actress?    Support  your  answer
  6. What is your favorite character of a movie or TV Show?
  7. Do you watch soap operas? Does anyone   in your family   do? If so who?
  8. Do you play video games? If so what games have   you played?
  9. What is your opinion    about romantic films?
  10. Are you a fan of sports?   What sport   would you like to be part of?
  11. What sport    wouldn’t you like to participate in?
  12. Team sports or individual sports? Support  your  answer
  13. indoor sports or outdoor sports? Support your  answer
  14. What is your favorite album?
  15. What is your favorite soundtrack?
  16. What do you think about sport channels?
  17. What do you think about news channels?
  18. Tell me  your top  five song of all times
  19. Would you like to do a living as paparazzi?
  20. If you were Paparazzi, who   would   you follow every day?
  21. What entertains you?
  22. If you were    staying in a desert island   for a year, what   stuff   would you bring with you to stay entertained?