Effective Spanish conversation practice activities are essential to building conversation skills. Building these skills is a progressive process. Just like learning to speak your native language, the student’s speaking skills will emerge first in single words, then phrases, and finally full sentences.

In the classroom or at home we can provide students with Spanish conversation practice opportunities to develop speaking skills. You do not have to know the language to provide these opportunities. You just need to know some methods and activities.

Response Conversation Activities

These Spanish conversation practice activities are a good beginning. They are activities where the student will have to provide a single word, phrase, or full sentence response to something they hear. Begin with single response and build to full sentence. Some examples: 

  • Ask questions that allow a single word, phrase, or full sentence response. For example, you can ask, “¿Cómo se dice ____?”, (“How do you say___?”) about any vocabulary word or verb.
  • If learning how to talk about locations you can ask, “¿Dónde está la casa?” (Where is the house?), so the student can answer with a phrase or sentence.
  • With Spanish for You!, the book is filled with questions (all with audio) that you can use for any level of response. 

Structured Conversation Activities 

These Spanish conversation practice activities can be used once your student has learned some vocabulary, verbs, and grammar. These activities allow them to speak more independently and creatively. Some activities I use are:

  • Vocabulary Verb Conversation Activity here.
  • Students describe pictures to each other.
  • Tell stories using sequenced story pictures. Use the sequence words, primero (first), entonces (next, then), luego (later, then), and por fin (finally).
  • Go in a circle telling a story with a chosen topic.
  • Student writes questions to interview another student.
  • Write skits and act them out.
  • Write a conversation between two people to act out.
  • Conversation Circle here.

Natural Conversation Method

Use this Spanish conversation practice method once students have some language under their belts. Try these:

  • Supported Spanish conversation where together you list several vocabulary words and “un-conjugated” verbs on the board the student knows. Then you proceed to have a conversation using the material on the board.
  • Impromptu Spanish conversation practice where there are no guides or rules. You can choose a topic to get things started. If you are the teacher, you may have to keep things going by asking questions.

Conclusion

Building Spanish conversation skills takes time. Eventually the student should spend time immersed in the language to complete speaking fluency. But, until that time, there is so much you can do to develop the skill whether you know the Spanish or not.

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