I am beginning to teach a ESOL conversational group. Does anyone have any experience on running this type of course as i'm not sure how structured it should be? Also, any icebreakers for the first lessons would be much appreciated
A conversation group is usually pretty informal. The main goal is just to get the students to speak English. I like to put the responsibility on the students to come up with the topics for class. To do this, tell the students to research something in English and report about it in the next class. This puts the pressure off you to come up with the topics for each lesson and it gets them speaking.
For the first class, start off with icebreaker so everyone can get to know each other. I've got a bunch on my website, if you want to check them out.