How to Engage Children in Imaginative Conversation

Conversation Cards

I often struggle with children’s conversational skills. Granted that these are kids who are learning English as a second language, I feel like there is more of a hindrance than simply the language barrier.

The children just don’t engage in reflective and imaginative conversation like I would like them to. They have a tremendous imagination and we all know how kids can create entire scenarios during play.

I started thinking along terms of how to facilitate the imaginative thought process to come out of their brains onto their tongues and into my ears.

This is what I came up with.

“Would you rather…” questions have been presented to most of us at one time or another. They are also immensely fun to answer. There are a few set rules to follow:

  1. Either one or the other option has to be picked.
  2. A subsequent reasonable explanation must be given.
  3. To be played in groups or with a partner.
  4. No rude or offensive remarks to be made.
  5. All answers are opinions and hence no judgement is to be made.

Keeping in mind that I teach mainly 6 to 9-year-olds, I designed a bunch of flash cards easily printed on card stock or coloured A4 sized paper (plain white paper will do fabulously as well).

The instructions are fairly simple:

  1. Download the file.
  2. Print.
  3. Cut out.
  4. Laminate.
  5. Punch a hole in one corner and bind with ribbon, a key chain or a rubber band.
  6. Ask children to take turns in asking each other these fun and diverse creative questions.

Just click on the link below:

Would You Rather Conversation Cards

or click on the image:

Would You Rather

Many thanks to http://www.marlodeedesigns.com for the lovely black and white clip art.

Be sure to drop a comment on how you fair with these or if you have any other good ideas for engaging children in imaginative and critical conversation.

 

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