Our final tip suggested that you ‘Speak with a friend.’ We suggested you ask a friend to listen to the same Spotlight English programme as you. Then enjoy talking together about that programme. So how do you start to talk about a programme? Here some ideas that will help you have a good conversation using ANY Spotlight English programme.
1. Choose a Spotlight English programme
You and your friend need to agree what programme to talk about. Spotlight English programmes all have interesting English content. There are many programmes to choose from. You should both listen carefully to the same programme before you have your conversation. Each person can listen alone. Or you can listen to the programme together.
2. Talk Anywhere!
You can practise English conversation anywhere. You can have a conversation in your own home, a coffee shop or a park. If you cannot see a friend in person you can still have a conversation to practise English. You can talk online using a platform such as Zoom. If you have an online conversation we suggest that you listen to the programme by yourself before going online.
3. Take Time
Do not rush a conversation. Make sure that you have a good length of time for a conversation. We suggest 30 – 40 minutes. Remember you will need more time, if you are first going to listen to the programme together.
4. Listen to Each Other
Good conversations are about listening carefully to the other person. Make sure that you give your full attention to your friend. Make sure that you are interested in what your friend says. Share your thoughts with each other. Say ‘I think …. What do you think?’ Our programme ‘Having Good Conversations’ will also help you understand the art of good conversation.
5. Ask These Questions About ANY Programme
Here are some useful questions to help you conversation. You can use these questions to help you have a conversation about ANY Spotlight English programme.
- What new words have you learned? You can share with each other the new words that you have learned.
- Was there anything that you did not understand? You may find that you friend understands something that you did not understand. Or you may understand something better than your friend. Help each other to increase your understanding.
- What was this programme about? You can try to explain to each other what the programme was about. Use just one or two sentences. If you can give a short summary of a programme, you will have learned a useful skill.
- What was your favourite part of the programme? (And why was it your favourite part?) Sometimes you and your friend will agree about your favourite part of the programme. Sometimes you will differ. That is part of the fun of having a conversation. Ask the question ‘why?’ Find out why your friend enjoyed a particular part of the programme.
- Did any part of the programme make you think about something in your own life? A program may make you think about something in your own life. Perhaps you have had a similar experience to that in the programme. Or maybe you would like to do something similar to that in the programme.
- What did you learn from this programme? You may have learned new words. You may have learned how to pronounce something. You may have learned new facts. You may have learned something about yourself.
- Will you change anything that you do as a result of this programme? Has the programme inspired you to take action? Will you change something that you do?
- Don’t forget the questions in the programme! Do not forget to use the questions that we ask at the end of most our programmes.
- Practice using question words. Use these six words to ask more questions during your conversation. Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
8. Do not worry. Enjoy the Conversation!
And finally – remember to have fun! You may make mistakes. But remember, making mistakes allows you to learn. Everyone makes mistakes. But the more you practice this art of conversation, the better you will be at it!