(This posting includes a handout which you are welcome to use with your students.)
Students are going to make the most progress in their conversation skills if they get into the habit of doing two things:
(1) Listen carefully to what the other person is saying and
(2) Respond to what was said.
This information-gap activity is great practice for a couple of reasons. First, students will immediately know if they hadn’t understood clearly what their partner had said. And second, it provides an example of how to respond to what the partner had said.