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Default Re: Difference between Conversational Classes and General English Classes

Every object has a great story if you can find it.
There was, for example, an American bestseller about the design and evolution of the pencil by Henry Petroski. Historians and language teachers have used the technique for years. How would our lives be different without doors, pens, photographs, and other everyday objects?
The challenge, of course, remains bringing both student experiences and the broader context of objects into the classroom . This requires English teachers to provide the vocabulary so students can speak about the role of objects in lives.
An outstanding conversation lesson, it seems to me, goes beyond just naming objects and explores their meaning and context. Of course, this type of classroom discussion requires high intermediate or advanced students too.
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