DDaily Interaction Dialogue: Calling 911 Resource for English Language Learnersaily Interaction Dialogues were created because my English Language Learners constantly request more speaking practice, especially examples of what to say in their everyday interactions. They want to be able to communicate with English speakers on the phone and in natural settings like talking to their neighbors, asking for help in a grocery store, and calling 911. This is how I get English Language Learners to share their areas of need, which turn into Daily Interaction Dialogues.

FEEDBACK FROM ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS
I continuously ask my English Language Learners to answer the following three sentence starters:


1) What’s difficult for me about learning English is…

2) I could learn English better if…
3) I want to learn more about…

The feedback from these three prompts gives me suggestions of content I can create to best meet the needs of my students. There are four domains of language learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. However, the most common thing I hear is that my students want to increase their speaking confidence and fluency! They want more speaking practice, especially examples of what to say in their everyday interactions. They want to be able to speak with English speakers on the phone and in natural settings like scheduling appointments, asking for help, calling 911, and greeting their neighbors.     Calling 911 Daily Interaction Dialogue for English Language Learners

My students reported that often their other English classes or resources are heavily grammar-based.  However, the focus on grammar (without the balance between the four domains) doesn’t help them in the real-world situations of being able to speak with other English speakers. (Besides, most English speakers can understand them just fine if they make grammar errors here and there.)

Spontaneous Feedback

I’m constantly establishing community and encourage vulnerability. One way to do this is to start with gratitude. (See my blogpost, “How Gratitude Speaking and Writing Prompts Benefit English Language Learners”.) The already-present environment of openness, compassion, vulnerability encourages students to express their concerns.  Thankfully, this expression of their concerns allows me to create resources that fit my students’ needs best.

What is a Daily Interaction Dialogue?

Daily Interaction Dialogues are resources for English Language Learners that contain scripts for everyday social situations, along with vocabulary & reading comprehension questions & answers. Using the blogpost suggestions, these resources provide lessons with a balance of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, while honoring the Multiple Intelligences & Mindfulness.

Daily Interaction Dialogues: Calling 9-1-1 Improving Speech for English Language Learners

CALLING 911 DAILY INTERACTION DIALOGUE
One morning my student shared that she was tired because her neighbors’ noise kept her up late again. I asked her what she meant, and she explained that her neighbors constantly blast loud music until about 2:00am. So I asked her if she ever asked them to turn down their music.  She said that she’s afraid of her neighbors. We talked about how her neighbors’ blaring music is not only inconsiderate, but it’s considered “disturbing the peace”.  This is against the law. Therefore, citizens can call the police to report instance of “disturbing the peace” so the police will do something about it. This led to conversations about how many of my students come from countries where the police only help citizens if they’re bribed by money or other gifts. So this noise complaint situation and subsequent class conversation led me to create the Calling 911 Daily Interaction Dialogue. Then this resource turned into a unit about emergencies.  Additionally, multiple visits from first responders who shared more about emergency services and built rapport with my students. 

FAST FOOD: A LANGUAGE OF ITS OWN

My student, Eh Eh, expressed frustration because the Burger King employee couldn’t understand his Drive-Thru order.  So he asked me for help with fast food ordering. We went online together to read the picture menu. I discovered the food vocabulary that he and his classmates wanted to learn, such as “bun”, “patty”, and “sauce”. Then I created the Burger King Daily Interaction Dialogue based on what he wanted to order, “a Barbecue Bacon Whopper and Mountain Dew”. (This order, by the way, contains many difficult-to-pronounce sounds for many English Language Learners!)

One day my student Nga broke his phone and was worried about how he’d be able to communicate at the cell phone store. Then many of his classmates also expressed anxiety about talking to employees at stores. Like many of us, they were worried about being sold additional unnecessary things. So, I created the Cell Phone Store Daily Interaction Dialogue based on Nga’s situation of dropping his caseless phone on the cement of the parking lot.

The Grocery Store Daily Interaction Dialogue naturally followed.

Daily Interaction Dialogue: Calling 911 Resource for English Language Learners.  Daily Interaction Dialogues contain scripts for  everyday social situations, along with vocabulary & reading comprehension questions & answers. Using the blogpost suggestions, these resources provide lessons with a balance of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, while honoring the Multiple Intelligences & Mindfulness. GREETINGS and SLANG: MEETING A NEIGHBOR DAILY INTERACTION DIALOGUE

The Meeting a Neighbor Daily Interaction Dialogue was a result of many student requests. First, they want basic communication skills with neighbors and other English speakers out in public. Secondly, my students want to know everyday slang.  For example, they need to know that “How’s it goin’?” means the same thing as “How are you?”  (For more about slang in the ESL classroom, visit busyteacher.org’s slang blogpost.)

The “Reporting a Child’s School Absence” Daily Interaction Dialogue was the start of teaching my students how to communicate with their children’s school and build community. 


WAYS TO USE DAILY INTERACTION DIALOGUES

There are many ways to use these Daily Interaction Dialogues and accompanying reading comprehension questions. First, I put students in partners, and have each person practice BOTH parts. They highlight, circle, or underline pieces of text for which they want support with pronunciation or understanding meaning. While students are practicing in partners, I go from group to group, listening, asking and answering questions, and providing feedback. I explicitly teach the importance of highlighting and note-taking.  Therefore, my students recognize that this interaction with the text makes it easier to answer the comprehension questions.

We learn vocabulary from the dialogues and questions. Then, students act out the dialogues in front of the class. They even write their own variations of the script for their own personal situations. During lessons I try to use as many of the Multiple Intelligences as possible to address the individual learning styles of my students. Most importantly, I’m intentional about ensuring our lessons contain a balance of all four domains of language learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

STUDENTS PRACTICE PRONUNCIATION AT HOME

I know from my experience of learning other languages that it’s not enough to know vocabulary and read and write it! We need to hear the pronunciation of the words in the dialogue WHILE seeing how the mouth moves. Plus, the option to follow along with the written content is invaluable. So this is why I’ve created videos of the Daily Interaction Dialogues being read.

To sum up: I’m always looking for ideas about what new content I might create. I’d love to hear about your English language learning or teaching experience!
1) What’s difficult for me about learning English is…
2) I could learn English better if…
3) I want to learn more about…


Katarina Gleisberg

At ELLTeacherShare.com you can find a balance of all four Language Learning domains–Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening—while honoring the Multiple Intelligences. With ten years of experience English teaching and training English teachers in three countries; for public schools, private schools, and teaching adult refugees in the non-profit setting, ELLTeacherShare.com is my ever-growing collection of teaching resources! My lessons focus on individuals, the expression of themselves, and their cultures. I know that students learn best once their emotional needs have been met. Check out my Guided Mindful Meditation techniques that benefit both students AND teachers.

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How to Balance the 4 Domains of Language Learning: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening  - Katarina Gleisberg, Mindful Teacher · September 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

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