Personalised Conversation Cards
This activity is great for building community and discussing course content in a structured way.
It can be used in any course for strengthening the bonds between students and reflecting on and discussing course content. It can also be used in foreign language courses for developing speaking and listening skills, as well as interacting appropriately in the target language.
All courses: Decide on a suitable prompt for your class. Consider how you would like to wrap up the discussion activity. For example, you could ask your students to summarise their conversation in one sentence on the back of the card.
Foreign language courses: Create an example conversation card. (See the example card below from an English language class).
In a face-to-face setting, bring blank note cards to class and pass them out to your students. Have them stand up and choose partners they might not normally work with. Encourage them to continue standing during their discussions. Note: Getting students to move is a brain-friendly way of doing this activity. Give pairs the freedom to get off topic after they have discussed the prompt. For example, as part of your instructions, you can say, ‘Done early? Chill and chat.’
Foreign language classes: Ask students to record their conversations and upload them to the learning management system so that you can monitor their work and/or give them language feedback later. Students can also use their recordings to listen to themselves and complete a self-assessment task.
Online synchronous session: breakout rooms.
View a sample lesson plan (English As A Foreign Language class) which includes sample conversation cards from a teacher and students.
This activity is one of a series of activities from Equity Unbound, focused on equitable online community building.Find out more
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