Monday, 05 December 2016

Agreeing and Disagreeing - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Do you agree?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This engaging activity is designed to help teach your students how to agree and disagree. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students reorder the jumbled sentences on their worksheet to form opinions. Students then agree and disagree with each opinion using the expressions provided at the bottom of the worksheet. They also try to explain their answer, when they respond to each opinion. After that, the students work in groups of three or four. They take it in turns to read each opinion and practice agreeing and disagreeing with each other. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class which opinions caused the most debate.

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Agree and Disagree

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students practice agreeing, disagreeing and showing surprise. The teacher begins by writing expressions for agreeing, disagreeing and showing surprise on the board. Each student is then given an opinion card. The students pretend that this is their opinion. They find a partner and tell them their opinion. Their partner reacts with one of the expressions on the board and asks a follow-up question. Students try to keep the conversation going for a short time. Then, they swap roles. When they have finished, they exchange cards and find a new partner. The process is repeated with the new opinion card, and so on.

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Areas of Agreement

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 Minutes

In this intriguing teaching activity, students practice agreeing and disagreeing to personal statements using phrases like: So do I, Neither am I, etc. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete 20 sentences on their worksheet with information that is true for them. The students are then divided into pairs. The first student begins by reading sentence number one to their partner. Their partner reacts by agreeing or disagreeing with the statement. The first student then continues to read all of their sentences to their partner who agrees or disagrees with each statement. When they have finished, the students swap roles. At the end of the activity, pairs of students report back to the class on their areas of agreement.

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Disagree with me

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an amusing speaking activity that helps you to teach your students expressions of agreement and disagreement. The class is divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of cards. The cards are shuffled and dealt out evenly. The first student selects one of their cards and completes the sentence on the card with some true information about him or herself. The student tries to say something that no one else will agree too. The other group members then respond with agreement or disagreement. If no one agrees to the statement, the student wins the card. If someone agrees, then the card is discarded. The game continues in the same way with the next student, and so on, until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end wins the game.

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Fire! Fire!

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this intriguing teaching activity, students practice the language to agree and disagree by discussing which items to save in a house fire. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students are told to imagine that they share a house which contains all the items on the worksheet. Their house is on fire, and they have a few minutes to save as many possessions as possible. The students’ task is to give their opinions and reach an agreement on which ten items to choose and in which order to rescue them. The worksheet contains language to help them achieve this. There is language to ask for and give an opinion, agree and disagree, and give partial agreement. Students are also encouraged to justify their opinions and give reasons. When everyone has finished, each pair reads out their results and the class discusses the findings.

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Me Neither

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This teaching activity helps students to practice agreeing to negative statements. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students complete sentences with information that is true for them. Students then move round the classroom saying their sentences to one another. They must try to find one person in the class who agrees with each of their negative statements. When a student agrees with another student’s sentence, they must respond using an appropriate expression, e.g. Neither am I, Nor would I, Neither did I, etc. The student then writes the person's name on their worksheet. If a student doesn’t agree with the sentence, they respond by saying what they have written for the same sentence. The student then waits to see if their partner agrees with their statement. When two students have both found something they agree on, they move on and find new partners.

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Neither and So

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a memorable teaching activity that helps students to master agreeing and disagreeing with positive and negative statements. Each student circles one of the verb forms in each sentence on their worksheet so that the sentence is true for them. Students then walk around reading each statement in turn. When a classmate agrees to their statement, they write the student's name in the 'Same Answer' column. Students must also find someone who has a different answer for each statement and they do this by waiting for someone to disagree with their statement. They write that student's name in the 'Different Answer' column. When all of the students have completed the task, each student shares some of their results with the class.

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School Improvements 

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is a productive teaching activity about agreeing and disagreeing for pre-intermediate students. The class is told that their school has been awarded some money. Their job is to put forward ideas on what new facilities or equipment to get with the money. Each pair of students is given a copy of the worksheet. Working with a partner, students write down four ideas about the facilities and equipment that they think the school needs. When they have finished, they team up with another pair and present their ideas. They talk about each idea in turn and give their opinions, agree and disagree. After they have agreed on one idea as a group, they present it to the class. When all the groups have finished presenting, there is a class vote to see which group has the best idea on how the money should be spent.

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Agreeing and Disagreeing 

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 45 Minutes

This rewarding activity helps students to practice various phrases for agreeing and disagreeing. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by choosing the correct words to complete phrases about stating an opinion, asking for an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing. After the answers have been checked, students write four controversial statements using the topics in the box on their worksheet. The students are then divided into groups of three. The students discuss each statement for two minutes using the phrases for stating an opinion, asking for an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing. The aim is to try to use as many of the phrases as possible during each discussion. Each time a student says one of the phrases they score a point and put a tick in the table on their worksheet. When all the statements have been discussed, students tally up their points to see which student used the most phrases. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Related Teaching Activities: Giving Advice  /  Giving Opinions  /  Making Suggestions 

Comments  

#6 nanou 2016-02-09 21:38
Thank you
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#5 Admin 2015-12-27 10:41
You're welcome Rima.
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#4 Rima 2015-12-05 21:32
I agree (no pun intended :p) with Stefani and Dedenys! These are very useful and very clear. Thank you so much.
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#3 Admin 2015-11-26 15:25
Thanks for your kind words Dedenys and Stefanie.
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#2 dedenys 2015-09-27 09:28
Great site for ESL teachers looking for fun material. Clear lesson plans I'd highly recommend it.
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#1 Stefanie 2015-08-23 23:26
Thanks so much for these very useful PDFs ideas about how to teach Agreeing and Disagreeing. Loved them!
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