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Confuzius wrote:go to Caves books or ESLITE and flip through a conversation English textbook. Each chapter (from my experience) is centered around a theme (topic as you call it). Get ideas from those. Hell, you may havta buy a book and then make some materials based on the book.
There are tons of topics:
just to name a few that came to me while writing this response
housecat wrote:You will simply have to talk about the limited things the student has experience of, such as homework, studying, grades and how they're figured, what it takes to get into the "best" schools, etc. Mind numbingly boring stuff. But you might be able to get her to "explain" it all to you, in a lot of detail. Or what all her efforts mean to her family.
The problem is that people like this have such limited capacity to imagine or fantasize. If you try to get the student to make up a fantacy life for herself, or for you, or to imagine a day in the life of some celebrity, or what have you--you may find that this just is NOT possible for the student.
I once spent time trying to help a Doctor better his conversational English, but he could only talk about very clinical things. All he knew was work. He could tell me that he hated his job, that he became a dr. because his parents told him to, but there was NO capacity to imagine any alternative. No RATHER be, rather do. There was only work. We talked about patients and what symptoms were like, so I may have helped him if he ever needed to talk with an English speaking patient. But there was nothing more. There was nothing more to HIM.
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