Abstract dialogs are well known in the drama arena but are also excellent for advanced ESL students, or in any language classroom. The idea behind abstract dialogs is that the setting or characters are not given, but rather a number of sentences whose underlying meaning has to be interpreted by the "actors". If another language is taught, such dialogs can be easily created in the thatlanguage.
But abstract dialogs are also great for social groups. Parties, scouts, or an evening of fun, these dialogs are the perfect means for interaction or getting to know new people. Here is an example of an abstract dialog script:
A: And he never did.
B: You're wrong. He did.
A: Where did you hear that? Who told you?
B: Yesterday at the hair salon. Michael told me.
A: I still don't believe it.
B: Just have a look at this. Maybe you will change your mind.
A: I don't believe it!
Participants have to decide who the speakers are, what they are referring to, what happened before and after this scene.
For lists of free downloadable abstract scripts look on this site.
Hello fellow teachers,