Question Time: a simple conversation activity

conversation activityQuestion Time is a simple conversation activity based very loosely on the BBC’s political talkshow of the same name.

Ask students to think of three topics that they think might be interesting to talk about in class. Topics can be anything from nice weather and favourite foods, to the political situation in Uganda, etc. Stress that the subjects are anonymous, nobody knows who contributes which subject.

Students write their topics on small slips of paper, fold them and put them in a cup or similar container.

Model the exercise by removing a topic from the cup and reading the topic. Ask any questions you like to whoever you like about the question topic. The person with the cup is the moderator and leads the discussion. As and when the conversation begins to lag, the cup is passed on to the next person who takes out the next topic and moderates the next discussion.

Some conversation topics will be more successful than others, don’t be afraid to put a dying topic out of its misery. Try and pace the activity so that all students get a chance to be the moderator.

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