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Academic Conversation Starters
Academic Conversation Starters
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More About - Academic Conversation Starters

Use this kit to help students understand and use a wide range of academic language for all content areas. With these Conversation Starters, you can engage all students, including English language learners, in academic conversations and higher-order thinking in science, math, social studies, and language arts. Using this tool will help students develop the academic language they need as required in the Common Core Standards.

Sold as a kit that includes:

  • one (1) large set of cards to be used by the instructor
  • ten (10) smaller students sets


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Summary: Senior Researcher

Rating: By: Jeff Zwiers
Review On: 12/16/2014 3:41:35 PM
"These cards are a powerful resource for helping students build vital communication habits for a variety of topics and settings."

Jeff Zwiers
Senior Researcher
Stanford University
Summary: Conversation Starters Really Work!

Rating: By: Donna Dencler
Review On: 10/30/2014 2:40:11 PM
This colorful and easy-to-use tool is appealing to students and is empowering to language learners who are hesitant and lacking in confidence about how to begin to express themselves.  

One student said "I feel much smarter when I use these sentences!"  Feedback from other high intermediate to advanced level international high school students included: 

"I can learn new expressions and make some of them into mine, which I can commonly use from now on."  

"I learned many phrases that I can use for arguments and conversations."

"It taught me how to discuss in English."

As a teacher, I anticipate using Academic Conversation Starters often, to improve both speaking and writing skills, because they can be used in so many different academic contexts.  
Summary: Empowering Tool

Rating: By: Josh McManness
Review On: 10/22/2014 1:39:28 PM
I love using Academic Conversation Starters in my ESL class because the cards give students a platform on which to build their oral language skills. The conversation starters are teacher-friendly and they’re useful across various themes and content areas. Students are empowered to use academic language naturally during discussions. 
Each set of cards is attached to a key ring, which allows students to flip through the cards and identify which “skill” suits their needs during one-on-one, small group, or class discussions. Learners can turn to a specific card that represents the skill that they think is appropriate for the conversation. Academic Conversation Starters are designed to get students to take ownership of their learning. 
I think that these cards are best suited for use in high-intermediate/advanced ESL courses or ABE/GED classes. 
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