Advanced Conversation Skills

Advanced Conversation Skills

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Advanced Conversation Skills
  • Background Brief

    When we tell a story, we need to give the other person the background brief. We tell them What we did, Who we were with, Where it was, and When it was. That way, our story will make sense to them. In this video, Zach doesn't give Leah the background brief, and she gets confused. When he tries aga...

  • Direct and Indirect Language

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2wWXkeU
    When Leah corrects Rachel, she does it very directly, which makes Rachel feel stupid. When she does it again, Leah uses indirect language, and softens her correction. It comes across as less harsh, but still lets Leah know she ma...

  • Asking in an Indirect Way

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2f5EBqT
    When Zach needs help with his math work, he tells Justin to help him after school. Justin doesn't like that Zach just told him what to do - Justin is the one doing him a favor. When he tries again, Zach, uses indirect language - ...

  • Responding to Compliments

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2pxtFBH
    After their volleyball tournament, Mike gives Alessandra a compliment. Alessandra is happy that Mike gave her a compliment, but she doesn't say anything. Mike's a bit confused, because Alessandra had no reaction. When she tries a...

  • Shifting the Conversation Topic - Older

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2mn54PK
    When is a conversation like a surfer riding a wave? When we need to shift the topic! Shifting too early to a new topic is like trying to jump to a new wave before the one you're on is done! Jeff wants to talk about winter break ...

  • How To - Sarcasm

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2orTCqs
    It can be confusing when people use sarcasm, because they often mean the opposite of what they are actually saying. In this video, Alessandra goes through some steps to figure out if Mike is using sarcasm.

  • Brain Stuck on One Thing - Older

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2iRYktg
    Sarah won't stop talking about her birthday, even when the group is talking about something else. When she keeps bringing up her birthday, Mike and Jeff decide they have to go. When they try again, Sarah stops and thinks about wh...

  • Understanding Sarcasm

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2iClqFO
    Maddie has a hard time understanding sarcasm. Therefore she isn’t able to follow conversations and respond. She needs to learn how to tell when people are being sarcastic.

  • Making Small Talk - Younger

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2k0SEuL
    Alessandra comes up to Chris in the hall and wants to talk. When she gets there, she realizes she has nothing to talk about! Chris is confused: did Alessandra want to talk, or not? Alessandra learns how to make small talk - a qui...

  • Making Small Talk - Older

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2k15wRc
    Ryan and Jameson have a few minutes to chat before lunch. When Jameson starts talking about what he wants for lunch, Ryan doesn’t have much to say. Ryan learns how to make “small talk”, a quick & polite conversation with someone.

  • Think About Who You're Talking To

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2k0QvPw
    Ryan always talks to his teacher about video games. He loves Minecraft and always wants to talk about it. He doesn’t realize that his teacher doesn’t know anything about this game. Ryan needs to learn to shift the topic of conver...

  • Figures of Speech

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2jzMAfu
    When Mike tells Kate "you miss all the shots you don't take", she's confused. She wasn't even talking about basketball! Kate learns that she can't take everything literally. She can stop and think about what Mike said, and if she...

  • Only Talking About You

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2iFYZe0
    Jeff, Kate, and Sarah are all talking. Whenever someone says something, Jeff makes the conversation about himself. Kate and Sarah get annoyed because they don't always want to talk about Jeff. Jeff realizes he needs to talk about...

  • Texting Friends

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2k31Xhu
    Sarah and Kate want to text about their favorite TV show. Before they do, there are some rules they should know. We shouldn't text too early or too late, and we can send multiple messages at one time, but we should wait until our...

  • Introducing Yourself to an Adult

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2jwN8D6
    In this Social Short, Mike learns the steps for introducing himself to an adult. We say our name, find out the other person's name, say "nice to meet you", and shake hands!

  • Shifting the Conversation Topic

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2iNbiZ5
    When is a conversation like a surfer riding a wave? When we switch topics, we have to be sure we are done talking about our first topic - like a surfer riding a wave. If the surfer tries to jump before the wave is done, the surfe...

  • Brain Stuck on One Thing - Younger

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2iK3O5J
    Sometimes our brain gets stuck on one thing, and it’s all we want to talk about. Andrew keeps talking about dinosaurs even though Serena isn’t interested. Andrew needs to remember to think about what other people are interested i...

  • Gaining Someone's Attention

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2k0QdrK
    Devin is waiting to talk to the teacher, but he doesn’t say anything. The teacher doesn’t realize that Devin is standing there. How can he get the help he needs? Devin needs to learn how to gain someone’s attention.

  • Interrupting

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2jLVRyP
    Alessandra needs to borrow Andrew’s English textbook, but rudely interrupts Andrew and Serena’s conversation. She needs to learn how to interrupt politely. Next time, she makes sure to say “excuse me” and politely asks to borrow ...

  • Saying Too Much

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2jLNZx6
    Andrew and Devin meet in the hallway for a quick conversation, but Andrew has a lot to say! Devin really needs to get to class, but can’t seem to end the conversation with Andrew. Andrew needs to learn when it’s appropriate to ha...

  • Focusing on What People are Asking

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2jwYff7
    When Liz asks Bobby about his weekend, Bobby doesn't know. Then he stops listening to Liz and the conversation ends. Next time, Bobby takes the time to think about what Liz is asking, and then thinks about his weekend so he can h...

  • Opinions

    Companion Worksheet (direct download link) - http://bit.ly/2juFGsv
    When Andrew asks Bobby what his favorite sport is, Bobby has a different opinion than Andrew. Bobby likes basketball better than football. Andrew can't understand how someone could like basketball better than football. Andrew lea...