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TALK Tools • Are Small Amounts of Language

There are 7 kinds of TALK Tools.

Each TALK Card in a TALK TOOL is a self-contained “mini-textbook” and can be used independently or with any other cards.

TOOL 1: Dialogue Cards
The Dialogue Cards are a tool for developing speaking and listening skills. They’re structured into three levels of difficulty. (See ‘The 3 Levels at a Glance’ on page 16.) The text parts of these cards are recorded on the accompanying tapes.

TOOL 2: Question Cards
The Question Cards are a rich resource of questions organized in conversational format without answers. They are designed to encourage creativity.

TOOL 3: Character Cards
The Character Cards provide descriptive and interesting information about various “characters” from around the world. Their purpose is to stimulate free conversation.

TOOL 4: IdeaCue Cards
The purpose of the IdeaCue Cards is to invite learners to play with new and unknown words imaginatively and spontaneously.

TOOL 5: Transcription Cards
We recorded unrehearsed, authentic, and lively conversations between two native speakers and transcribed them onto cards. Used together, the tapes and cards provide an excellent resource to develop listening skills.

TOOL 6: Feedback Cards
These cards challenge learners to reflect on the Dialogue Cards and develop their observation skills by talking about the drawings.

TOOL 7: Lyric Cards
Songs, besides being fun, are a useful medium that introduce cultural, and emotional aspects of the language being studied.

Each standard TALK Learning Set contains a careful selection of 18 different cards from the 7 TALK TOOLS — enough material for at least 45 hours of classroom work.

The Dialogue and Feedback Cards (TOOL 1 & 6) are the backbone for each TALK Learning Set and both of them have been included for each topic. The Question, Character, IdeaCue, Transcription and Lyric Cards have not been included for each of the topics.

Although we’ve numbered the TOOLS they can be arranged in any order or sequence. For example, TOOL 1 is followed by TOOL 6 in each TALK Learning Set.