Academic Conversations Focus on a school subject or ideas Often started by a teacher who asks a question about something you are studying Sometimes, prompted by a student Also referred to as an “academic discussion”
How do you begin an academic conversation? Start with a statement about a school subject or idea. Follow up with a question that can’t be answered “yes” or “no.”
Examples StatementFollow-Up Question I think the main idea of this [book, film, article, etc.] might be ___________. What do you think? I think the author is trying to ___________. What are your ideas? I think ___________ is one of the lessons we can learn from ___________. How do you feel about that?
In summary … - An academic conversation is a discussion about a school subject or ideas. - A teacher often begins an academic conversation by asking a question about something you are studying. - Follow-up questions should be questions that can’t be answered “yes” or “no.”
For Reference and More Practice … Refer to the Starting an Academic Conversation Student Reference Sheet.Starting an Academic Conversation www.grammargallery.org