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Why Use Dialogue Exchange to Teach English?

    “I have now read it from beginning to end and I’m very impressed. I really appreciate the extensive activities for presenting, practicing, reviewing, and extending the fifteen target dialogues. I also really like the step by step instructions and the dialogue focus on survival skills as well as the visuals which support each of the dialogues.”

    Jennifer Pearson Terell, Past President of TESL Canada

    “Once in a long while, someone comes out with a gem of a book which busy teachers can snap up, understand clearly, and use immediately. Bradbury’s Dialogue Exchange is one of these special books.

    The best way of reviewing a book is to try it out in a classroom. So, having done this myself, I am happy to report that Diane Bradbury’s book passed the test–it was a very effective lesson which involved and engaged every student in the class. And it was prepared in fifteen minutes.

    Not only is this book easy and quick to use, the book is pedagogically sound. It promotes cooperative, interactive learning with vocabulary expansion and oral practice.

    Since every lesson begins with an illustrated scenario, learners are intrigued and engaged–they begin to postulate about possible conversation content. Students immediately grasp the subject matter from the pictures and struggle to find words to express the meaning in the pictures and therefore strongly motivated to accept new vocabulary as it is presented. In conclusion, I feel that Dialogue Exchange would be a very useful asset to the library of any teacher of ESL Beginner Adults.”

    Sandra Price-Hosie, teacher trainer at Vancouver Community College

    “I really like this manual. I feel with this book and access to a copier I could teach most any class. I find it very flexible. Dialogue Exchange provides a framework and a format that can be adapted with ease to fit your classroom.

    I especially like Appendix A on Teaching the Basics. This section is full of ideas and tools for presenting and reviewing this basic information until it becomes familiar enough to progress to more free forms of learning. Using visuals as reminders until free form dialogue is achieved is a powerful tool that inspires speaking especially.

    In my opinion this is one of the most useful books I have come across in my 10 years of teaching and facilitating ESL for Adult Learners and I do not hesitate to recommend it.”

    Loretta Linneberg, B.A., CTESOL

  • Compared to traditional teaching methods, Dialogue Exchange dramatically increases classroom speaking practice.

Classroom activities usually have students working in pairs or small groups, so many conversations take place at once. This is in contrast to traditional teaching methods where too often one conversation takes place between the teacher and a single student, while all the other students watch. With Dialogue Exchange, there are six conversations taking place instead of one, the students get six times as much speaking practice, and the teacher can easily monitor groups and assist students with pronunciation.

  • Dialogue Exchange increases students’ confidence.

Students feel more comfortable speaking in small groups than they do speaking in front of the class, and they get much more practice, so they relax and their listening and speaking skills improve. Students feel more comfortable asking questions and receiving correction from the teacher if they are in small groups.

  • Dialogue Exchange will make your class more active, more fun, and less stressful.

The purpose of speech is communication. It’s social. Each student works with several different partners every day and ultimately will work with every other member of the class.  This method makes the class more fun, and it leads to better attendance.

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  • Dialogue Exchange is perfect for immersion environments where the teacher does not speak the language or languages of the students.

Each series of pictures is self-explanatory, so even absolute beginners understand what the teacher is saying.  Comprehensibility lowers stress levels, and it saves time that would normally be spent explaining content to students.

  • Dialogue Exchange uses different content in familiar formats.

Doing so makes classroom instructions quick and easy, and provides a sense of continuity to lessons. Students quickly understand what is required of them.

  • Dialogue Exchange is suitable for multilevel classes.

Many of the activities allow higher and lower level students to work together effectively.

  •  There are 15 dialogues that provide students with the basic, survival English that they need to function outside the classroom.

 Because the language is practical, students will use it, and this is the best way to develop speaking skills.  The dialogues include:


  • Dialogue Exchange uses an interactive, student-centred format to teach listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary to beginners.

Lessons begin with controlled practice and progress gradually toward free practice. The dialogues are used as a starting point for generating more language, and this language can be adapted to students’ needs.

  • Step-by-step instructions, logical teaching progressions, classroom management strategies, and low preparation make life easier for the teacher.

This book has dozens of activities that require little or no prep, plus guidelines to develop and expand content to meet the needs of your class. It will provide you with a wealth of ideas and make you a better teacher

  • Dialogue Exchange includes over 40 activities for presenting, practicing, reviewing, and extending each dialogue, plus correction activities.

Fifteen dialogues times 40 activities equals 600 possible combinations. Some of the activities included are:

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There are so many activities that it is not necessary to use them all. Teachers can choose activities they like best or vary activities with each chapter taught.

  • Dialogue Exchange contains an appendix for teaching sentence stress, intonation, linking, and reductions.

Because Dialogue Exchange is a listening and speaking program, it introduces the English pronunciation system to students, and provides teachers with a clear summary of the linguist principles needed to teach it effectively.

  • Dialogue Exchange teaches fluency and accuracy.

Extension activities encourage production of new language, while correction activities look at errors made by the class without identifying individual students.

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  • Learning a new language is good for the brain.

The materials are visual. Students sort language with their hands, they work through problems for themselves, and they move about the classroom. These activities stimulate the brain and enhance learning.

  • Dialogue Exchange helps you deliver quality instruction.

If you run a school, this book will give you control over the quality of instruction and allow you to provide teacher training at a very low cost. Your staff may be more willing to teach sometimes challenging beginner courses if you provide them with excellent resources. If you are a teacher, your evaluations will improve if you use this book, and that means increased job security.

  • Dialogue Exchange is comprehensive.

There are 160 pages of pedagogically-sound, practical, interactive, low-preparation materials.  Dialogue Exchange the only book you will need to effectively teach what students want most—listening and speaking for everyday life.

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