Introducing a topic in the classroom can be one of the trickiest tasks for a teacher. Sometimes, it can take a a lot of experience and a lot of practice to get the icebreaker, or warm-up, or introduction to a topic just right. However, when you do get it right, you usually know that you have got it right forever and you can slide right into that topic effortlessly. The right set of vocabulary, the right listening activity, the right set of images, and/or the right brainstorming format can help get debate and discussion topics moving and flowing smoothly.
Everyone has fears and phobias. So this is a good topic for English language learners. It’s also useful for students to learn the different words used for talking about fears and phobias.
This is a listening/speaking exercise exploring the language used when making decisions and choices.
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This is a brainstorming/ listening/ critical thinking discussion worksheet for talking about controversial topics. Students need to decide whether they are pro or con each issue and support their position with three reasons. Then they can listen to the audio and compare answers.
Students look at the pictures or use their own ideas to list the advantages and disadvantages of watching TV. Then they can listen to the audio and add to their answers.
I have noticed over the years that students struggle with the words “success” and “failure” and their various forms. They struggle with the pronunciation (hmmm.. “success” vs “succeed” ,“fail” not “fell”! – and “failure” pronounced as “failyer”) and the grammar. But success and failure is a fantastic stand-alone topic for a class. It’s great for brainstorming, discussions and much more.
The pronunciation of the word “risk” is another word that many English as a Second Language students find difficult to pronounce. They have trouble with the ending sounds and also the past tense form (“risked” pronounced as “riskt”). But like success and failure it’s a fantastic stand-alone classroom discussion topic. In fact, these two topics are really quite complementary. They are ways we talk about work and living.
“Working from home” is a great topic for English language classes. In the current circumstances nearly everyone has some experience of working from home. So it’s a great discussion topic, and it could also used for classes involving giving opinions, making comparisons (home vs office), teaching argumentative writing or discussing technological change. It also has its own fairly specific set of vocabulary.
This is an English language exercise introducing and exploring the language and vocabulary of global issues. Students try to match the vocabulary with the appropriate pictures. They then rank the issues1-10 in order of importance.
This is an exercise for discussing the advantages/disadvantages of online learning and offline learning . Students look at the pictures and then try to write down as many ideas as they can on the second page of the PDF.
Students look at the pictures or use their own ideas to list the advantages and disadvantages of living in the city.
Students look at the pictures or use their own ideas to list the advantages and disadvantages of studying abroad.
Globalization is a topic for a more worldly class capable of talking about some complex issues. This probably won’t suit everyone but for the right class it might be a good icebreaker and intro into a really interesting topic.
Students look at the pictures or use their own ideas to list the advantages and disadvantages of globalization.
This English language academic vocabulary and speaking worksheet can be used to introduce the topic and vocabulary of DNA testing Students match the vocabulary to the appropriate pictures then try to answer the questions at the bottom.
An English language speaking worksheet for generating discussion about the internet and social trends. Students write the benefits/disadvantages of each issue on the worksheet.
This is a business English ESL exercise to help students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of working for a big company.
This is a business English ESL exercise to help students discuss the advantages and disadvantages of starting a small business.
This is an exercise to explore the vocabulary and language used to talk about new technology and encourage discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of robots and automation.