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This is a conversation activity designed to get teenagers and adults talking and practice the phrases:
The best/worst thing about… is…
Download the powerpoint below, project it and have students discuss their ideas in groups then share them in open class, board any emergent language and exploit any opportunities for debate and exponents of agreeing, disagreeing and expressing opinion.
Best Worst thing
Here students practice different phrases to express agreement and disagreement. Useful for developing speaking for FCE, CAE, CPE.
Here you have a downloadable copy of the handout:
Pre-teach the different vocabulary. The students then complete the exercise underneath in pairs. Taking it in turns to make one of the statements. In the first section the other student HAS TO disagree with their partner, even though some of the statements are difficult to disagree with. They must also justify their disagreement. In the second section they HAVE TO agree.
For higher levels ban the use of “I agree” or “I disagree” force them to use the new expressions.
||Ending an argument:
- We see eye to eye
- I couldn’t agree with you more.
- That’s exactly how I feel.
- You have a point there.
- I was just going to say that.
- We don’t see eye to eye
- I take your point but
- I tend to disagree with you there
- I’m afraid I have to disagree with you there
- I beg to differ
- That’s not always the case.
- Let’s just move on shall we?
- I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree.
Listen to you partner and then disagree with everything he / she says, give reasons.
- I think everybody should have access to free healthcare.
- War should never be used to resolve international disputes.
- The best way to study is on your own first thing in the morning.
- Footballers earn too much money.
- Celebrities shouldn’t complain about being in the public eye all the time.
- The best place for animals to live is in their natural habitat.
Listen to you partner and then agree with everything he / she says, give reasons.
- Making mistakes in English is ok as long as other people understand you.
- The government should pay for everybody’s education.
- Smoking should be completely illegal.
- All drugs should be legal.
- Catalonia should be independent.
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the best football player in the world.