Sunday, 22 October 2017

Agreeing and Disagreeing - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

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Do you agree?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This engaging worksheet activity is designed to help teach your students how to agree and disagree with opinions. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students reorder jumbled sentences on their worksheet to form opinions, adding in the necessary punctuation. After the answers have been checked, students write their own response to each opinion using expressions of agreement and disagreement from the worksheet. The students then work in groups of three or four and take it in turns to read an opinion. Students then practice agreeing and disagreeing with each other using the responses they wrote on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students tell the class which opinions caused the most debate.

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Areas of Agreement

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

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students practice agreeing and disagreeing with positive and negative statements. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing statements on their worksheet with information that is true for them. The students are then divided into pairs. The first student reads statement number one to their partner, e.g. 'Last weekend, I went to the park'. Their partner reacts by agreeing or disagreeing with the statement, paying attention to whether the statement is positive or negative, e.g. 'So did I'. The first student then continues to read each statement in turn and their partner agrees or disagrees. 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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Fire! Fire!

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes

In this worksheet 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 with negative statements. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students complete the negative statements on their worksheet with information that is true for them. Students then move around the classroom reading their statements to one another. Students 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 statement, the student agreeing responds with an appropriate expression, e.g. 'Neither am I'. The other student then writes their name in the second column on the worksheet. If the student doesn’t agree with the statement, they respond by saying what they have written for the same prompt. When two students have both found something they agree on, they move on and find new partners. The activity continues until all the students have completed the second column on their worksheet. At the end of the activity, students tell the class what they found out.

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Neither and So

ESL EFL Reading and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students agree and disagree with positive and negative statements using 'Neither' and 'So'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by circling one of the verb forms in each statement on their worksheet to make each statement true for them. Students then walk around reading each statement in turn. When a classmate agrees with a statement, they write the student's name in the 'Same answer' column. Students must also find someone who disagrees with each statement and write their name in the 'Different answer' column. When all the students have completed both columns with names, students share some of their results with the class.

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React

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a fun speaking activity to help students practice language for agreeing, disagreeing and showing surprise. A set of expressions for agreeing, disagreeing and showing surprise is written on the board and reviewed. Each student is then given an opinion card. The students pretend that the opinion on the card is their own. The students 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 to keep the conversation going.  Afterwards, the students swap roles. When they have finished, the students exchange cards and find a new partner. The process is then repeated. After about ten minutes, the activity is stopped. The students turn over their opinion card and write an opinion of their own on the blank side of the card. Then the activity is repeated with students using their own opinions.

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School Improvements 

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

In this productive worksheet activity, students agree and disagree on how money should be spent on school facilities and equipment. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students are told that their school has been awarded $50,000 to spend on new facilities and equipment. The students' task is to put forward ideas on what new facilities or equipment to get with the money. In pairs, students think of facilities and equipment their school needs. Students write down four possible ideas and reasons for their choices. When the students have finished, each pair joins up with another pair. The pairs then present their ideas to each other. The students talk about each idea in turn, give their opinions, agree and disagree. The two pairs then agree on one idea as a group and 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 worksheet activity helps students to practice various phrases for stating an opinion, asking for an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by choosing the correct words to complete phrases for stating an opinion, asking for an opinion, agreeing and disagreeing. After the answers have been checked, students write four controversial statements using the topics on their worksheet. The students are then divided into groups of three. The students discuss each statement for two minutes using the phrases from the worksheet. 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. The student with the most points after all the statements have been discussed wins.

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Disagree with me

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 30 Minutes

Here is an amusing speaking game to help students practice expressions of agreement and disagreement. The students are divided into groups of four and each group is given a set of cards. The students shuffle the cards and then deal them out evenly. Each group chooses one student to start the game. The chosen student selects one of their cards and completes the statement on the card with some true information about him or herself. The student's task is to say something that no one else will agree with. The other group members then respond by agreeing or disagreeing with the statement. If no one agrees with the statement, the student wins the card. If someone agrees, then the card is removed from the game. The game continues in the same way with students taking it in turns to say a statement. The game ends when all the cards have been used. The student with the highest number of cards at the end of the game is the winner.

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