Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Second Advisor

Michael Jerald


This paper describes eleven speaking projects which have been developed around the beliefs that a conversation class is successful when:

- the focus is on the students talking, not the teacher talking

- the atmosphere is non-threatening

- the material is personally relevant

- the students use each other as sources of correction

Each project is comprised of two separate speaking activities. The first uses teacher-prepared material. The second consists of four steps in which students: (1) in groups, create material modeled after the teacher-prepared material, (2) have it checked by the teacher, (3) use it with the whole class.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Communication | Teacher Education and Professional Development