If you're shy at parties, try this trick: pretend everyone has an invisible sign around their neck saying 'Make me feel important' It puts your focus onto them, not yourself. For another 10 steps to master small talk, read this.
www.myenglishteacher.eu, "What Are the Best Questions to Ask to Get to Know Someone?" This infographic could be a fun speaking/listening exercise for a pair of ELLs, or for teachers to use to get to know their ELL students better.
There are better small talk questions than "What do you do?" and "Seen any good movies lately?" Click through for 16 ideas that will help you get to know people better, learn more about your city + world, or just make small talk tolerable! // yesandyes.org