Use Eikaiwa Cards to improve students’ communication skills through model dialogues
What is the fastest way to bring communication activities to your students? Eikaiwa Cards! This is an easy, fully customizable material I designed, which can be used as a warm-up activity or as the basis for an entire communication class.
If you saw my presentation about Eikaiwa Cards at the Murayama Regional Seminar, here are links to the templates for you to start designing your own English conversation cards for your students:
What are Eikaiwa Cards??
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to introduce communication activities to your students and or JTEs, this material is for you!!
Eikaiwa Cards are all about giving students a chance to practice speaking skills and communication through short, customizable dialogues that you create. You can choose any topic and write out a dialogue for students to practice with each other. Eikaiwa Cards have many uses and so here are some ideas for how you can use them at your schools:
1) Use it as a warm-up material
Chose a topic and write up a two person dialog about that topic with spaces for each student to insert their own answers. An example Eikaiwa Card dialogue looks like this:
Each card allows students to practice talking about a wide range of topics in a structured way.
Print out enough copies for every student in the class, make pairs, practice the saying the dialogue and then give the students 3-5 minutes to talk using the card. For greater results, encourage students to smile, use eye contact, face each other, use reaction words and to relax.
To extend the activity you can have student make new pairs and add “Challenge” components to the cards (see picture above), which gives students ideas on how they can extend a conversation.
2) Use it outside of class
Make a set of 6-12 Eikaiwa Cards and use them in the hallways during break times and after school to start conversations with students. Students who do an Eikaiwa Card session with you can receive the card as a keepsake. Or you could use the cards in an English Passport or other speaking activity with rewards for both students and teachers.
3) Use it in your Eikaiwa
Get your students talking more smoothly and about a wider range of topics by introducing different speaking models with Eikaiwa Cards.
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