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Conversations: A Framework for Language Intervention

by by Barbara Hoskins, Ph.D.

Conversations-offers professionals a frame-work for facilitating conversational interaction with preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults who are having difficulty with communication skills.

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Conversations-offers professionals a frame-work for facilitating conversational interaction with preadolescents, adolescents, and young adults who are having difficulty with communication skills. This resource provides a facilitator with ways to plan for groups of individuals so that they can work together to become more effective conversational partners. Conversations can be used to plan sessions, select activities, and guide conversations. Although Conversations provides many specific activities and suggestions, professionals are encouraged to use it in a flexible manner as a framework from which to generate, adapt, and develop productive ways of working with clients.

Target these conversational moves:

  • Introducing a topic
  • Maintaining a topic
  • Extending a topic
  • Changing a topic
  • Requesting clarification
  • Introducing a topic in an elaborated form
  • Responding to requests for clarification

This resource teaches foundation skills underlying these moves using the power of conversation:

Linguistic/Conceptual

  • Conceptual network
  • Vocabulary
  • Sentence structure
  • Memory and retrieval
  • Organization of language

Social/Cognitive

  • Mutual focus
  • Speech acts
  • Perspective taking
  • Style changing
  • Given and new information
  • Language functions
  • Turn taking
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Cooperative principles

You'll get 157 activities to teach linguistic AND pragmatic skills to your older students and/or young adults. Build foundation skills and conversational skills as a reciprocal process, then watch your clients GROW in their ability to communicate with others!

240 pages; 8 1/2 X 11

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