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by Hirofumi Nagahashi

Conversational Fluency

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    -are an-going comprehensive review and practice using reading, listening and speaking skills;
    -are a Conversation Skills training activity, and easy preparation for the ConFluency Card Game.  (see
Why Conversation Skills Training is important. To learn how to teach the ConFluency Card game skills without using the Q-Card Activity, go to the ConFluency Skills Introduction page.)
    -are a conversation practice activity and a great (and really easy!) Warm-Up activity (do it for 5 minutes at the beginning of every English class).

  Q-Card Materials     See the sidebar for these downloads

  • One set of Q-Cards for each grade level;
  • Blackboard Posting materials.  These include:                 Posting Cards that have the same Conversation Skills and Patterns as the ConFluency Card Game;
  • W and L  posting cards to show speaking order (W stands for the Janken, or Rock-Paper-Scissors, Winner; L stands for the Loser);
  • Rotation Pattern posters that graphically show the rotation pattern to be used that day;
  • An ordered print of Conversation Patterns, detailing the conversation patterns to be posted on the blackboard during the activity.  It helps the class leader to know what to post on the blackboard;
  • A Practice Order List, which gives ordered conversation patterns, and ensures students practice all of the Conversation Skills.

  Posting on the Blackboard

  This needs to be done every time.  It’s easy to do, but care needs to be taken that, over time, students practice all of the Conversation Skills.  See the Posting materials in the sidebar for easy-to-understand graphic instructions, and an ordered list of conversation patterns.
After doing this several times yourself, the English class leader should be able to understand how to do it.  Ask them to prepare the materials and blackboard before each class.  The Blackboard Posting downloads in the sidebar were prepared with the English class leader in mind;  they’re graphic, ordered and easy to use.
 

 

  Doing the Q-Card Activity

  Each student is given a Q-Card.
  The conversation pattern is posted on the blackboard using the Posting Cards, according to the printable materials in the sidebar.  The rotation pattern is also posted.
  Students, in seat pairs, all play Janken (Rock-Paper-Scissors).  The winner (W) begins the conversation according to the posted pattern, and the 2 students continue until they finish the posted conversation pattern.
When the conversation pattern is finished, the student on the rotation side moves one seat forward or back (according to the posted Rotation Pattern).  They play Janken (R-P-S), and do the posted conversation, as before.
  The activity continues until a student returns to his or her own seat.
When finished, all Q-Cards are collected and Poster Cards are taken from the blackboard and stored until the next use.
  Time: about 5 minutes.

Q-Card Downloads

All in .pdf format 

Q-card poster card skills

  Lists the conversation patterns to use to make posting cards for the blackboard.

Q-Card posting print

  A simple visual explanation of how to place poster cards on the blackboard.  With this, English class leaders can do the work for you!

Practice Order List

  Another aid for the students posting the conversation skills on the blackboard.  An ordered list of conversation patterns.

Rotation pattern print 1 

Rotation pattern print 2 

  These two prints graphically show how two rows of students rotate during the activity.  Alternate use to give the students some variety.  Print, laminate and add some magnets to the back for easy posting.

Q-Card Blank  

  Print to make your own Q-Cards

Q-card blank

Q-Card Prints to print & cut

  These Q-Cards are for the Sunshine textbooks.

Card Set #1

Gr.2- 1 of 2

Gr.2- 2 of 2

Gr.3- 1 of 3 

Gr.3- 2 of 3

Gr.3- 3 of 3 

Card Set #2

Gr.2 #2- 1 of 2

Gr.2 #2- 2 of 2

Gr. 3 #2- 1 of 3

Gr. 3 #2- 2 of 3

Gr. 3 #2- 3 of 3