Discussion: Starter ActivityWork in a group and decide•The three safest countries in the world•The three most famous actors/actresses in the world•The three most exciting movies in the world•Don’t worry if you don’t agree: it is all part of the conversation!
Discussion• When you are having a discussion, with friends or in a seminar situation, you need language to help you:• Give your opinion• Agree• Disagree• InterruptWhat kind of language do you know in English that can help you do this?
Discussion: language input• Discussion Language: on the next slide there are some pieces of language. There are two tasks to do: 1. Separate the language into opinions, agreeing, disagreeing and interrupting 2. Work in pairs. Put them in order according to how polite/formal you think each piece of language is.
• I think As far as I’m concerned…• You can’t be serious From my viewpoint…• That is so true Sorry, but……• As I see it You have to be joking!• Rubbish! We feel the same on this.• Absolutely That’s a very good point.• I’m with you on this Wait a minute!• Sorry, could I come in here?• Excuse me, but may I just say….• I see what you mean, but…• I totally agree with you.• I’m afraid I don’t really agree with you
Answers: in order of formalityOpinions DisagreeingFrom my viewpoint… I’m afraid I don’t really agree with youAs far as I’m concerned I see what you mean, but…I think.. Sorry, but….. You have to be joking! You can’t be serious!Agreeing Rubbish!I totally agree with youThat’s a very good point InterruptingWe feel the same this Excuse me, but may I just say…That is so true Sorry, could I come in here?I’m with you on this Sorry, but…Absolutely Wait a minute!
Other factors in a discussion• How do you do the following in a discussion: – 1. Take turns speaking – 2. Use your voice to indicate your opinion – 3. Interrupt in a more informal discussion with friends. – 4. React to an interruption
Seminars vs Social Discussion• Look at the following discussion topics: what type of language would you use? – An academic seminar – Discussing politics with a friend – Discussing UFOs – Talking to an official – Discussing topics in a pub – Disagreeing with an older member of your family
Practice 1: Agreeing and Disagreeing• Any discussion requires you to give reasons or facts or examples to explain you opinion or why you agree/disagree with someone. Let’s practise this.• Work in groups. One person will give an opinion on a topic from the next slide and the rest of you will agree or disagree with them; giving your reasons.
Topics• British weather• Favourite type of movie (action, romance, sci-fi…)• Causes of global warming• The best way to make money• Current student fashion in clothes• Making friends abroad• Other…?
Practice 2: interrupting• Your teacher will talk about international cuisine.• Your task is to interrupt whenever you: – Don’t understand the reference – Disagree with the teacher’s statements – Want to give more information on the topic – Want to ask a question The idea is to interrupt as much as possible
Practice 3: Interrupting• Look once more at the topics on slide 9. Each student should choose one topic to talk about.• The other students in the group have to interrupt the speaker as often as possible.• Remember, everybody interrupts: don’t get too serious about it!
Free Discussion• Look at the work sheet that you have been given and use your discussion language to help talk about the topics given