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Prepare for Discussion

A work-scheme for Higher Intermediate & Advanced Level ESL Students

  • 01 Alternative Beliefs
  • 02 Animal Welfare
  • 03 The Arts
  • 04 Crime & Punishment
  • 05 Cultural Differences
  • 06 Economics
  • 07 Education
  • 08 Environment
  • 09 Fashion
  • 10 Food
  • 11 Health
  • 12 Holidays
  • 13 Language Learning
  • 14 Male & Female Roles
  • 15 Marriage
  • 16 The Media
  • 17 Political Systems
  • 18 Religion
  • 19 Rich & Poor World
  • 20 Science & Technology
  • 21 Society
  • 22 Sport
  • 23 Tradition
  • 24 Transport
  • 25 Travel
  • 26 Violence
  • 27 Work
  • 28 Youth & Old Age
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    Glossary of Ten Discussion Techniques - detailed index

    1. Asking someone for their opinion about a topic
    2. Delaying strategies - fillers
    3. Presenting a number of arguments - enumeration
    4. Giving your opinion about a topic - from certain to fair probability
    5. Agreeing - completely or conditionally
    6. Disagreeing - completely, using irony, dismissing as irrelevant, diplomacy, doubt & logic
    7. Countering through concession followed by antithesis
    8. Logical argument - questions & deductions based on "if".."then", strongly argued "why" questions
    9. Clarification - through Yes/No What/How Why/Why not questions inviting illustration
    10. Expressing solutions and alternatives

    -----© Ted Power

    List of the 28 Topics for Discussion

    [ This list of the 28 topics can be printed out for learners' or teachers' reference ]


    -- Higher Intermediate vocabulary and discussion - topics 1 to 10: 1. Alternative Beliefs 2. Animal Welfare 3. The Arts 4. Crime and Punishment 5. Cultural Differences 6. Economics 7. Education 8. Environment 9. Fashion 10. Food
    -- Higher Intermediate vocabulary and discussion - topics 11 to 20: 11. Health 12. Holidays 13. Language Learning 14. Male and Female Roles 15. Marriage 16. The Media 17. Political Systems 18. Religion 19. Rich and Poor World 20. Science & Technology
    -- Higher Intermediate vocabulary and discussion - topics 21 to 28: 21. Society 22. Sport 23. Traditions 24. Transport 25. Travel 26. Violence 27. Work 28. Youth & Old Age

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