Aim: Helping students express their opinions and explain their reasoning
Activity: A classroom survey on a number of controversial subjects.
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Outline Points of View Discussion:
- Distribute Points of View sheet. Ask students to rate their opinions from one to ten: 1 - strongly agree / 10 - strongly disagree.
- Divide students into small groups and ask them to discuss their responses to the statements.
- Listen in on the various groups and take notes on common language mistakes while students are presenting their various points of view.
- At the end of the group discussions, write a number of the most common mistakes on the board and ask other students to correct the mistakes.
- Make sure to suggest standard formulas for stating one's opinion if these formulas do not come up during the correction process (i.e. in my opinion, Do you really think that ..., As far as I'm concerned, etc.)
- As a class, go through each point asking for someone who (relatively) strongly agrees to explain his or her point of view. Do the same for someone who (relatively) strongly disagrees with the statement.
- As a follow-up activity, ask students to write a short composition on one of the statements.
Points of View Worksheet
Rate your opinion from one to ten on the following statements.
1 - strongly agree / 10 - strongly disagree
Points of View