ESL: English as a Simple Language

by: Don La Bonte

La Bonte's Top 100 Conversation Patterns

Empathy for those learning conversation skills is essential. Those learning a new language are familiar with feelings of panic and frustration. Teachers should be able to provide a methodology to instill confidence, teach the ability for the student to express their feelings and a method to help control conversations with native speakers. Teach them to control conversations by simply utilizing these patterns. 

Conversational patterns are the basis of expressing most feelings in conversation. You will hear from students that they feel they have an inability to express themselves in conversation. The reason for it is their inability to use and identify multiple patterns in conversation. Without the patterns you are verbally crippled.

The main objective of the teacher initially is to show a simple methodology highlighting what the students will hear the most in conversation. I focus on conversation skills, not reading skills which are much more difficult. Children naturally learn to speak before being taught how to read.

 In the student videos, you will see the progression of identifying and utilizing the most commonly used conversation patterns. You give them tools to both understand and control conversations initially with the native speaker.

Every hour studied has multiple review segments. As each hour progresses, patterns learned in previous hours are constantly reviewed.

Keep in mind the 5 big variables: past, present and future tense either negative or positive. As the teacher, I will ask them a question and I expect that they will answer in a full sentence using the same tense. If I ask  positive question in the past tense, I want them to answer with a positive sentence in the past tense. If I ask a negative question, they should answer negative. All mistakes are addressed since it is fertile grounds to  correct weaknesses.

The purpose is to see if they can respond with the same tense with positive or negative in a full sentence. I am there basically to detect any weaknesses they have. Weaknesses can be easily fixed. 

It is only when they give complete sentences that you can really tell if they are getting it right. Granted native speakers may give very short answers, but that is out of a strength. Students giving short answers are generally doing it out of weakness.

The question making skill is a bit more difficult, so I give them a sentence and have them turn it into a question. In the videos, they can either repeat the question or answer the question. If they feel initially uncomfortable making the question, they can repeat the question to get a better feel of it.

Review videos give the opportunity to students to reinforce patterns learned every hour on their own. Confidence is instilled through repetitively practicing.

I do not use the book in class and I rarely teach any vocabulary. The focus is on the PATTERNS. The ability to talk first will greatly accelerate learning reading skills they develop later. The irony of many students who have reading skills but unable to hold the simplest conversation can be addressed. Of the three skills (speaking, reading and writing), speaking is the easiest but is severely handicapped if you introduce the student to reading skills first. Follow the natural progression of learning English. Speaking followed by reading and then on to the most difficult of all the writing skill.  Teachers who are unaware of the difference condemn the students to a much longer learning process.

As a teacher, I am there to show them there is a simple methodology which if they master will greatly enhance their ability to not only hear what the native speaker is saying but give them the confidence to express themselves.

The more the student uses the patterns, the more comfortable they will begin to feel. When they first learn the pattern, they may stumble a bit but practice makes perfect.

For those who have either financial or time constraints not allowing them to attend formal classes, these videos will help them to develop their skills at their own pace.

Free verbatim PDF files for all the review segments are available. Closed captions are available on all videos where necessary.

Email me to arrange a FREE English conversation assessment on either Skype, Kakao or FaceTime. It will take about 10 minutes.

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Conversation patterns relating to pages in book. 

Free teachers manual in the cloud. Email me if you want this PDF version sent to you. 

Free flashcards relating to Student Videos lessons. Numbers on top of flashcards relate to the Hour studied in the videos.

Identical conversation patterns in KOREAN.* 

*If you are a native speaker of another language and want to make a list of identical patterns like you see in KOREAN above, I can post it free here. 


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