Monday, 05 December 2016

Giving Opinions - ESL EFL Activities and Worksheets

Really?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

In this enjoyable group activity, students play a guessing game where they give true or false opinions about famous people or things. After reviewing how to ask for and give opinions, the students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards. Each card contains the name of a famous actor, actress, singer, TV show, film, website, etc. Each group is also given a ‘Tell the truth’ and ‘Tell a lie’ card. Players take it in turns to pick up a card. Another student asks the player for their opinion of the person or thing on the card, e.g. What do you think of Lady Gaga? The player chooses a ‘Tell the truth’ or ‘Tell a lie’ card at random. If the player gets the ‘Tell the truth’ card, they give an honest opinion. If the player gets the ‘Tell a lie’ card, they give a different opinion to what they really think. The other students in the group then ask the player one follow-up question each to help them decide if the player is lying or telling the truth, e.g. Why do you like her? What’s your favourite Lady Gaga song? Etc. The other students then collectively decide if the player is lying or telling the truth. The player then reveals the answer. If the students guessed correctly, they each win a point. If they guess incorrectly, the player wins two points. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Controversial Statements

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this challenging teaching activity, students give opinions and argue for or against a set of controversial statements. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, students read the controversial statements on their worksheet and write down two reasons why someone might agree or disagree with them. Each pair then joins with another pair, so there are two students arguing for and two students arguing against. The students then discuss the statements and share their reasons for/against. The students try to convince the opposing pair with their opinions and reasons. When everyone has finished, each group tells the class who gave the most convincing arguments and why. As an extension, students discuss their real opinions on the controversial statements in their groups.

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Four Corners

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this fun class activity, students practice expressing and defending their opinions. A sign is placed in each corner of the classroom (Strongly Agree, Agree, Disagree, and Strongly Disagree). Then, the teacher reads a statement that requires the students to give an opinion, e.g. Celebrities earn too much money. Students go to the corner that best matches their opinion. The students in the same corner discuss why they chose that opinion and then report it to the rest of the class. After each corner has explained their opinion, the students from the different corners politely refute another corner’s opinion and afterwards see if any of the students want to switch to another corner. The process is then repeated with a new statement and so on.

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How to improve your English

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This engaging activity helps to teach students how to express opinions and ask others for their opinion. Students also learn how to make comparisons. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students rank 15 ways to improve their English skills, according to what they think are the most useful (1 = the most useful and 15 = the least useful). Next, students are put into pairs. First, the students read out their own ranking so that their partner can note it down on their worksheet. Students then discuss the relative merits or drawbacks of each method so they can come up with a combined ranking. The students find a new partner and look at their lists again to find similarities. Finally, there is a class feedback session to look at the top three answers for the class.

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Our Opinions

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this productive teaching activity, students practice expressing and giving reasons for opinions and writing simple sentences summarizing the results of a questionnaire. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the questions on their worksheet and write their responses. The class is then split into pairs (A and B). The students interview each other and record their partner's answers on the worksheet. When their partner expresses an opinion, they must ask them to give a reason for their answer. After that, the pairs are put into two groups. They discuss the results of the questionnaire and write statements about the class which they then present.

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I think that...

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a useful speaking activity to help students practice making opinions. Each pair of students is given a set of opinion cards. On each card is a topic with three possible opinions. Students split the cards in half and then create a fourth opinion for each topic. When they have finished, the students take it in turns to pick up a card. One student gives their opinion by using the prompts on the card and the phrase: I think that... The other student then gives their opinion. Students give reasons for their opinions and ask questions when possible. Then, the other student turns over the next card and so on. This continues until all the cards have been discussed. This speaking activity can also be done in groups of three or four and other expressions for giving opinions can be used.

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The Cycling Holiday

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

This entertaining speaking activity focuses on the use of conditional sentences in hypothesizing before making a decision. Students give their opinions, negotiate and agree upon items to take on a cycling holiday. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Students prioritize the different necessities for the cycling trip and negotiate what to take, given the weight criteria. Afterwards, students present and justify their conclusions to the class. Other pairs listen and point out any problems they see with the decisions. Finally, the class as a whole agrees on a final list.

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What's your opinion?

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

In this insightful teaching activity, students review and practice school subjects and phrases for expressing opinion. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students complete a set of questions by writing a different school subject in each blank space on their worksheet. After that, the class is organized into pairs. The students ask the questions to their partner and write their partner's opinions in sentence form on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to present their partner's opinions to the class.

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Explain Yourself

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this group speaking activity, students generate discussion and practice giving opinions and asking embedded questions to gain more information. The class is divided into groups of four and each student is given a set of numbered opinion cards. The first student chooses a numbered card. All of the group members then find their own copy of the same card and complete the card however they like. Each sentence expresses an opinion on a particular issue. The first student collects the cards and reads the sentences aloud. Students then guess who each card belongs to. Students also ask one another to explain more about their opinions and feelings about each issue using embedded questions. The next student then chooses another card, and so on, until all of the cards have been discussed.

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It's Debatable

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

In this lively teaching activity, students engage in a debate to help them practice expressions for giving opinions and disagreeing. The class is divided into an even number of groups. The groups choose a debate topic from the board, and then each group is told to argue either for or against their topic. The groups prepare their arguments using the expressions for giving opinions on their worksheet. When everyone is ready, two groups come to the front of the class and debate their topic. After each group has presented their arguments, the two groups respond to each other. A winner is then chosen and the next two groups come to the front of the class and debate, and so on.

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My Opinion

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 40 Minutes

This is a discussion activity for groups of three. Students practice giving opinions on various topics and agreeing or disagreeing with each other. Each student is given a set of numbered cards. The numbered cards are used to show how much they agree or disagree with a statement. Each group is also given a set of opinion cards. The first student turns over an opinion card and reads out the statement. Each person then shows their opinion by placing an appropriate number card in front of them. The first student then gives their opinion. After that, the other students give their opinions. Students try to persuade other group members to change their mind, if their opinions are different or they are undecided. Students also practice justifying their opinions when need be. The second student then turns over an opinion card and so on. At the end of the activity, there is a feedback session to discuss the statement that caused the greatest argument.

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Comments  

#5 Mr M 2016-04-21 07:25
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#4 Cheryl 2015-08-12 16:36
Thank you for sharing your fun activities for kids! I often use your ideas since I'm a noob in teaching ESL children :D
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#2 Admin 2015-02-25 08:36
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#1 MB 2015-02-24 20:14
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