In My Opinion
A Photocopyable Collection of Opinion-Gap Discussion Topics
By Phil Keegan
High School to Adult, Intermediate to Advanced
Get your students talking about their personal views and beliefs.
This second edition has been expanded to 60 activities designed for young adult and adult learners. Many are revised; a dozen are new.
The activities have been tried and tested by the author and many of his colleagues at universities, high schools, language schools, and in company language training programs in Europe.
The 60 contemporary, thought provoking topics are presented in two basic formats. Just over half of them are in the form of a questionnaire that students fill out and/or respond to orally. They then compare their responses to discover the 'gaps' in their views relating to good-bad, right-wrong, liberal-conservative, likes and dislikes, and so on. The remainder of the activities are in the form of opinion cards, twelve to a page. Each card is a question that asks the cardholder to take a posiition, initiate an opinion for discussion, to be agreed with or challenged by the others in the class.
The activities are suitable for class, small group, and one-on-one situations.
The collection is supplemented with Teacher's Notes on every lesson that provide guidance, lesson by lesson, on how to manage the conversations, suggestions on what to look out for, and potentially difficult words and expressions.
Since the book is a photocopyable teacher’s resource, you can choose topics that you think your students will or will not want to discuss.