Discussions EAP Worksheets and Activities

Rapid-Fire Discussions

EAP Discussions Skills Activity- Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fluency-building discussion activity, students practice discussion expressions and then take part in rapid-fire discussions where they answer questions that ask them to choose between two things and reach an agreement within a specific time period. Students start by role-playing an example discussion with a partner. Students then read the dialogue one more time and underline ten expressions that are commonly used in discussions. Next, each pair uses the expressions to write a discussion dialogue that answers the question 'Should we visit the park or go to the museum?' After that, students take part in rapid-fire discussions with their partner where they discuss questions that ask them to choose between two things each time.
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A Good First Impression

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this intriguing group discussion activity, students learn topic-based vocabulary and discuss questions on the topic of making a good impression. To begin, students read a text about making a good impression and then match the topic-based vocabulary in bold from the text to their correct definitions. Afterwards, in groups of three, students discuss six questions about making a good impression with each group member leading the discussion for two questions.
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Blue Zones

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this group discussion activity, students learn vocabulary related to longevity and take part in a discussion on the topic of lifestyle and old age. First, students read a short text about Blue Zones and then match the topic-based vocabulary from the text to their correct definitions. Afterwards, in small groups, students discuss six longevity-related questions with each group member leading the discussion for two questions.
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City vs. Country Living

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging discussion practice activity, students learn vocabulary related to the city and countryside and discuss questions on the topic of city versus country living. To begin, students read a passage about city versus country living and then match topic-based vocabulary from the text to their correct definitions. In groups of three, students then discuss six questions about city versus country living with each group member leading the discussion for two questions.
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Discussion Phrases

EAP Discussion Phrases Worksheet- Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this free discussion phrases worksheet, students learn and practice phrases that are commonly used in discussions and their functions. First, students reorder words to make phrases used in discussions and match each phrase to another phrase that has the same function. After that, students match the phrases to their functions and write a new phrase for each one. Students then move on to complete gaps in a discussion with phrases from the worksheet. Finally, students practice the phrases by having a group discussion.
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Get the Ball Rolling

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this sports discussion activity, students learn advanced sports-related vocabulary and discuss questions on the topic of sports. First, students read a text about sports and then match sports-related vocabulary to definitions. Afterwards, in groups of three, students discuss six sports-related questions with each group member leading the discussion for two questions.
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Leading a Discussion

EAP Leading Discussions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 50 minutes

In this leading a discussion worksheet, students learn and practice the responsibilities of and language for leading a discussion. First, students read suggestions for class discussions and label them as either 'do' or 'don't', depending on whether they think they are appropriate or not. Next, in pairs, students brainstorm two more dos or don'ts to add to the suggestions and write them down. After that, students read six responsibilities of leading discussions and accompanying language examples and add more phrases a person could use for each responsibility. In groups of three, students then discuss three topics in turn with students taking it in turn to lead the discussion.
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Let There Be Rock!

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this music discussion activity, students learn topic-based vocabulary and discuss questions on the topic of music. To start, students read a short text about rock music and then match topic-based vocabulary from the text to definitions. Finally, in groups, students discuss six music-related questions with each student taking turns to lead the discussion.
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Movie Magic

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this movies discussion activity, students learn movie genre vocabulary and discuss questions on the topic of movies. To begin, students read a short text about movie genres and then match the topic-based vocabulary to definitions. Afterwards, students discuss six questions about movies with each group member leading the discussion for two questions.
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Overtourism

EAP Discussion Practice - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this tourism discussion activity, students learn tourism-related vocabulary and have a discussion based on the topic of tourism. First, students read a text about tourism in Venice and then match words in bold from the text to their definitions. In small groups, students then discuss tourism-related questions with each participant taking turns to lead the discussion.
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Reciprocal Speech

EAP Discussions Skills Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this reciprocal speech worksheet, students learn and practice discussion interaction patterns and hesitation expressions. First, students read a brief introduction to the three A's interaction pattern (ask, answer, and add) and review a model interaction. Students then read four questions and give their opinions by answering each question yes or no. Next, students look at their answers and match the statements that can be used to add comments to their answers. After that, students match follow-up questions to the comments. Students then read a list of hesitation expressions and add two more phrases of their own. Next, in pairs, students take turns responding to questions using the hesitation expressions. Finally, students practice the ask, answer and add technique and hesitation expressions by discussing four questions.
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Voicing and Responding to Opinions

EAP Discussion Skills Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 90 minutes

In this voicing and responding to opinions worksheet, students learn and practice expressing and responding to opinions in a discussion. First, students read an excerpt from a seminar discussion where someone is expressing their opinion. Next, students write each underlined phrase from the discussion under its corresponding function. In pairs, students then brainstorm more phrases for each of the three functions and write them in a table. After that, students read the second part of the seminar discussion where someone responds to the opinion. Again, students write each underlined phrase from the discussion under its corresponding function, brainstorming other phrases as before. In two groups, students then prepare an argument for or against social media use and a response to the opposing side of the argument. To help them, students read through a list of arguments 'for' and 'against' social media use, and select one argument to present as an opinion and then another to present as a response. Finally, students pair up with someone from the other group and have a discussion on the topic of social media following the procedure given.
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