3. Debating a Topic
This is a simple lesson in debating. Students will discuss a claim and look at solid reasons for and against it.
1. Understanding the meaning of a statement and recognizing arguments.
2. Explain one's viewpoint and prepare a convincing reply to a statement.
Things to Do
1. Select a topic from the Resources section.
2. Prepare three arguments for and three arguments against this claim for comprehension verification.
Warm-up and Objective
Explain to the students how to construct arguments and convey viewpoints during a debate.
Introduce the primary lesson theme that was selected throughout the planning process.
Discuss the lesson's main objective, which is for the students to discuss arguments for and against a certain issue.
Exploration and Comprehension
Write the main topic's introduction on the board.
Look for words related to the topic and make sure all the students are aware of them.
Make a table on the board with the headings "Fact" and "Opinion" in each column.
After gathering several comments, discuss them.
Ask the students to confirm the accuracy of their replies. Be stern. To defend and differentiate the students' opinions from the truth is the goal.
Guided Student Practical
Divide the class into smaller groups of three to four. If necessary, arrange the tables.
Introduce the primary lesson theme that was selected throughout the planning process.
Clear the board, then type the declaration at the top. Then, depict a table with the definitions of "Pros" and "Cons" below.
Distribute A4 paper. Ask students to split the paper into "Pros" and "Cons" columns, just like the board's table.
Instead of the original topic, students write their counterarguments about the statement on the board.
After some time, they ought to talk about good responses and eliminate bad ones.
Keep an eye on the students and offer suggestions if necessary.
Student Presentation and Evaluation
Students eventually convey their major points to the class.
On the board, note their arguments.
Once each group has finished, have the class go over each argument and debate it. Ask the students to weigh the merits of the facts, views, and pros and cons.
Give both parties a chance to debate and refute each other's ideas.
The discussion's conclusion will determine whether the argument remains, is moved to the other column, or is removed.
Review and Assess
Students should be asked if the arguments are in the proper column.
Ask students to make changes, then point out those that are inaccurate to gauge their comprehension.
Continue discussing the terms for review.
Activity - English Court Debate
Students are encouraged to voice their perspectives.
Put several cards with topics in a box, for example, "Should mobile/cell phones be prohibited in classrooms?" The topic should be written on the board.
Choose three students to oversee the final judgment. Split the remaining students into two teams. One is advocating in favour/favor of the subject, and another is arguing against it. Select a team spokesperson who will manage most of the talking.
Request a statement from one group. Add this to the board. The opposing team then talks about this.
The opposing team then replies to the comment. Write this on the board.
Each side should continue to provide fresh reasons, which should be recorded.
After some time, the judges choose which team has built the strongest case.
The statements below are broken down into many groups. They are well-known facts, contested explanations, and a few contentious topics.
At the zoo, a boy fed bananas to the monkeys.
A giraffe ate the topmost leaves of the tree.
Last week, I bought a hamster and a goldfish.
Australia is the home of kangaroos.
Antarctica is home to penguins.
A classical music performance can inspire.
I enjoy visiting art galleries.
One of the most well-known artists is Monet.
My friend often visited art museums.
The finest artworks are oil paintings.
E-books are far superior to printed books in every way.
The Harry Potter books can be time-consuming to read.
I have read Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
I enjoy being in the library because there is so much information there.
Because my house is small, I prefer to borrow books rather than buy them.
My sister and I spoke about her schoolwork.
My children play way too many games.
My family is wonderful but occasionally too noisy.
My son's friend stays in bed far too late.
On the weekends, we visit the supermarket to do our shopping.
Fruit that is in season can lower your grocery bill.
Fast food joints are my favourite/favorite.
The healthiest food is Italian.
On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday we ate rice, but on Monday we had pizza.
Organic food is more delicious than other food types.
These days, animations are of inferior quality.
Children should not watch movies or TV with a 12-rating.
Horror movies and TV shows are too gruesome.
I dislike watching movies/films. I like TV shows better.
The most well-known Avenger is Iron Man.
A friend's vehicle was once stolen from in front of their home.
I often watch my friend burn food at his barbecues.
I do not get to see my friends as often as I would like.
I followed my friend's relationship advice.
Whenever I can, I like to catch up with friends.
For some people, cooking can be stressful.
I used a lawnmower to trim the grass.
I have a kitchen garden where I raise vegetables.
I enjoy solving puzzles.
While some people enjoy fishing, many others find it boring.
I visited a doctor because I had a terrible stomachache.
A lot of times, I enjoy cycling.
Stretching muscles with yoga is beneficial.
For good health, we must consume a lot of green vegetables.
Purchase high-quality mattresses and pillows for your comfort.
I like to plan things because it is a useful skill.
Firefighting is an exciting and dangerous job.
Due to my fear of heights, I am not suited to be a pilot.
Although earlier work was stressful, I now enjoy my job.
I want to work as a soldier.
The most widely spoken language is English.
I know how to code in HTML.
My poor memory makes it difficult to learn new languages.
I am fluent in two languages.
Understanding our language makes learning other languages simpler.
Bats are only visible at night.
The experience of camping is enjoyable.
One of the most dangerous animals is the snake.
Avoiding plastic purchases is an effective way to protect the environment.
In the winter, wildlife needs our help.
Technology addiction is a genuine issue.
Online privacy is a problem on social media.
In our society, it is challenging to maintain privacy.
Social media is potentially addictive.
These days, I receive far too many spam messages.
Football is played by two teams of eleven players.
I enjoy playing golf, but I am not particularly good.
Football is a cheap sport to play.
Swimming is a great exercise to keep in shape.
Team sports are superior to solitary contests.
The best device for staying mobile is a tablet PC.
The most common smartphone platform is Android.
I am looking for a new computer because mine is slow.
Phone technology has changed significantly, recently.
Online shopping is far superior to traditional shopping.
It is too crowded and noisy in airports.
I have travelled/traveled to a lot of different nations.
Around Europe, I enjoy taking business class flights.
The tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest.
Sydney, Australia is my favourite/favorite city and destination.
The buses are filthy and old.
Turbulence is one of the reasons I dislike flying.
I saw a car drive through a red light.
Races among taxi drivers are common in the city.
Trains are overpriced and often late.
Summer is the best season because we can grow vegetables.
In the spring, the weather can change suddenly.
It has been dry weather so far.
During a violent storm, we could see lightning.
We ought to visit the beach when the weather is warm.
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Conversational ESL English Discussion Topics
Lessons are divided into modules with distinct actions. At the start of each chapter, any requirements are explained. The resources for each lesson are included after each chapter. Since there are many available, you may apply the same structure over and over, which increases comfort and confidence.
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Create lessons using a step-by-step procedure for teaching engaging and informative sessions. The duration of the lessons may be adjusted to be between 30 and 90 minutes.
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