Thought-provoking statements

Hello everyone!

As far as discussion questions concerned, I hardly ever lack ideas for creating them, however, it does happen that the procedure of discussion often turns into an ordinary ‘question me’ task which might make my students bored, not to mention tired… Today I’m going to be sharing an activity I’ve tried out recently. It might be used as a lesson starter or a follow-up activity when you are in the process of revising vocabulary. With respect to my students, it worked well as a lead-in.

  1. Write on the board 5-6 phrases: laconic and short enough.
    Monday is the best day of the week.
    Brad Pitt is handsome.
    The Internet is more harm than good.
    Watching series is a complete waste of time.
    Pizza is delicious.

2. Break students into pairs or small groups.

3. Demonstrate the following table:

I agree 100 percent. I totally disagree. I’m not quite sure.

4. Students take notes if necessary (allocate 1-2 minutes) and later on they discuss the statements in pairs or groups. Tell them they need to explain their answer.

5. Change some words in the statements: write Friday instead of Monday, write TV instead of the Internet… Then let them discuss once again.

6. Reflect on the activity with the whole class (in other words, give feedback by asking some of the opinions of groups or pairs).

The activity doesn’t take more than 20 minutes and as I’ve already mentioned, it can be adapted to any stage of the lesson where discussion is involved. I’ve been using it with my pre-intermediate and intermediate students with variety of topics. I do believe, it’ll work best with thought-provoking quotes as well.

Thanks for stopping by!

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