Mini-dialogues: an underrated resource

Mark Ormerod suggests some easy-to-manage activities to make simple dialogues meaningful, personal and flexible, as well as ensuring all four skills are practised.

When it comes to teaching English in the Primary classroom, a lot has been written and said about the advantages and potential exploitation of songs, flashcards, stories and games. But what about mini-dialogues? Although there are many examples of mini-dialogues in coursebooks, their value is rarely given prominence. In this very brief article I would like to outline some of the benefits of using well-chosen or well-written mini-dialogues in class and also suggest a few activities for their effective exploitation.

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