BEGIN A CONVERSATION 5.15
Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will demonstrate the necessary skills to appropriately begin a conversation.
1. Choose whom you want to talk with.
2. Decide what you want to say.
3. Choose a good time and place.
4. Start talking in a friendly way. (Goldstein, 1988 p. 165)
Definition: Beginning a conversation means starting a verbal interaction with someone.
Rationale: Reasons or rationales for conversing: to make friends, to express feelings, ideas, etc., to give and get information. Discuss reasons for beginning conversation.
• Teacher explains to the students how to start a conversation with someone they know and someone they just met. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 71)
• Situations: Start a conversation after class, on the phone, when you have something to share or learn, or anytime you have a need or want to talk with someone.
• Discuss the importance of a greeting and introduction when making a phone call.
• Discuss the difference between friends and others, or adults (it's more formal).
• Make a list of topics to talk about with people the students know and people they don't know.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Interview in pairs to get comfortable communicating. (Special School District, 1989 p. 114) Interview questions. (Special School District, 1989 p. 119)
• Students sit in a circle and take turns making a comment or asking a question about specific topics (Six Flags, food, etc.). (Special School District, p. 114)
• Show video: positive and negative examples. (Walker and et al, 1988 p. 44-47 Accepts)
• Students pretend they don't know each other. When the teacher says "Start", students are to find someone to talk to.
• Students can think of a starting sentence to get a conversation going when the teacher tells the student what to talk about.
• Video tape students role playing as they start conversations in different settings.
• Play the telephoning game from "Let's Talk".
• Video tape students role playing a "Talk Show" where they interview guests and evaluate their performance. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 71)
Role play situations:
• You start a conversation with the secretary in the school office.
• You discuss your allowance and/or privileges with parent.
• You suggest weekend plans to a friend about what to do on Saturday.
• You tell a classmate about a project you did.
• You tell your parents about your day at school.
• You tell a friend what you did during the weekend.
• You get on the bus and talk to the person already seated.
• You are watching your friend open presents at a birthday party.
Application with Feedback
• Have students begin a conversation with someone they don't know on the bus ride home or during lunch.
• Use a telephone to rate student's ability to begin conversation.
• Give each student the following questionnaire:
1. Find someone with a brother.
2. Find someone with a dog.
3. Find someone with a white house.
4. Find someone with a small car.
5. Find someone whose favorite class is Math.
Report to class the following day. (Walker and et al, 1988 p. 48 Accepts)
• Rearrange the seating chart and start class later than normal. Observe if any students start conversations with their new neighbor.
• Have students report back on beginning conversations at home (in a store, with a neighbor, to inquire about a job).