Adelaide ESL Meetup - All Discussion Questions
The discussion questions below have been created by Thor May to encourage English speaking practice in a bi-weekly meetup. The question-core approach for speaking appears to work well. The process of creating questions is itself one of the most empowering skills that anyone can practice in any language.
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1. English as a Second Language Meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/ESL-English-practice-meet-up-group/
This group now also has a Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1678127882281980/?ref=bookmarks
[The general discussion topics are more complex than the ESL discussion topics on this ESL page (http://byeways.net/thormay2/esl-meetup-discussion-topics/ )]
4. Articles on many topics by Thor May at : https://independent.academia.edu/ThorMay
Topic 23: 9 June 2017
Surviving the Human Jungle – liars, cheats, thieves, animals in the forest
Topic 22. 26 May 2017 : Money !!
Topic 21. 12 May 2017 :
really believe that !?
Topic 20. 28 April 2017 : Travelling (2)
Topic 19. 31 March 2017 : Making Questions About a Topic
Topic 18. 17 March 2017 : Playing “Devil’s Advocate”
Topic 17. 3 March 2017 : Teach me something!
Topic 16. 17 February 2017 : How does your thinking change with time and experience?
Topic 14. 13 January 2017 : Plans for the New Year
Topic 13. 16 December 2016 : Diet, exercise, having a long and happy life
Topic 12. 2 December 2016 : The Environment
Topic 11. 18 November 2016 : Why do I think like this?
Topic 10. 18 November 2016 : A Day in Your Life – compare countries
Topic 9. 21 October 2016 : Crime and Punishment – compare countries
Topic 8. 7 October 2016 : Work Culture
Topic 7. 23 September 2016 : Food! Tell us exactly how to prepare your favourite dinner
Topic 6. 9 September 2016 : Practice comparing things
Topic 5. 26 August 2016 : Task: Demonstrate how to do something
Topic 4. 19 August 2016 : INVESTIGATION! How to ask questions
Topic 3. 1 August 2016 : Talk About An Interest You Have
Topic 2. 18 July 2016 : English for Persuasion
Topic 1. 4 July 2016 : Disagreeing in English
Convention centre inquiry (27 September 2017)
Professional bio: Thor May has a core professional interest in cognitive linguistics, at which he has rarely succeeded in making a living. He has also, perhaps fatally in a career sense, cultivated an interest in how things work – people, brains, systems, countries, machines, whatever… In the world of daily employment he has mostly taught English as a foreign language, a stimulating activity though rarely regarded as a profession by the world at large. His PhD dissertation, Language Tangle, dealt with language teaching productivity. Thor has been teaching English to non-native speakers, training teachers and lecturing linguistics, since 1976. This work has taken him to seven countries in Oceania and East Asia, mostly with tertiary students, but with a couple of detours to teach secondary students and young children. He has trained teachers in Australia, Fiji and South Korea. In an earlier life, prior to becoming a teacher, he had a decade of finding his way out of working class origins, through unskilled jobs in Australia, New Zealand and finally England (after backpacking across Asia to England in 1972).
Adelaide ESL Meetup - All Discussion Questions ©Thor May 2018