English Lessons: How to Agree and Disagree

Agree and Disagree

How to Agree and Disagree

Vocabulary

Stating an opinion

  • In my opinion…
  • The way I see it…
  • If you want my honest opinion….
  • According to Lisa…
  • As far as I’m concerned…
  • If you ask me…

Asking for an opinon

  • What’s your idea?
  • What are your thoughts on …..?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • Do you have anything to say about this?
  • What do you think?
  • Do you agree?

Expressing agreement

  • I agree with you 100 percent.
  • I couldn’t agree with more.
  • That’s so true..
  • You’re absolutely right.
  • Absolutely.
  • That’s exactly how I feel.
  • Exactly.
  • I’m afraid I agree with James.
  • You have a point there.
  • I was just going to say that.

 Expressing disagreement

  • I don’t think so.
  • (strong) No way.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • (strong) I totally disagree.
  • I beg to differ.
  • Not necessarily.
  • That’s not always true.
  • That’s not always the case.
  •  I’m not so sure about that.
How to Agree and Disagree in English

How to Agree and Disagree – Lesson Plan

Schema Activation

  1. Students are given a paper that they have to paste in their backs, they have to make different sentences with them.

Pre-Task

Task #1
  1. Teacher reviews vocabulary to agree and disagree in English using a quizlet set.
  2. As the teacher reviews the vocabulary, students classify the sentences into different categories.
    • stating an opinion
    • Asking for an opinion
    • Expressing Agreement
    • Expressing Disagreement
  3. Students check with their classmates the answers
Task #2
  1. Half of the students are given situations and how people disagree and disagree with them:
    • People should work 70 hours a week.
    • People should have a 4 – week vacation every year.
    • Maternity leave should at least a year.
    • People should retire when they are 55.
    • The boss is always right.
    • The customer is always right
    • Minors shouldn’t do any paid labor
    • Going to the university should be mandatory
  2. The other half are given strips of papers with these opinions:
    • Working 70 hours a week is too much.
    • Giving vacations to employees is a good idea.
    • Spending time with your babyis very important.
    • Working until you are 55 is OK.
    • Not Following the boss instructions is a bad idea.
    • Minors must have a formal education first.
    • Going to the university is important and should be recommended.
  3. Students stand up and talk to their partner until both of them find their other half.
Task #3
  1. Students are given ten situations and this time they have to agree and disagree with these statements:
    • Workers should be 20 minutes earlier than the start time.
    • The boss should be the person with more degrees and certificates.
    • People with no experience are usually a problem fo the company.
    • No more than 5 sick days a year.
    • Workers should buy their company uniforms.
    • People with tattoes should not be considered for work.
Task #4
  1. Students listen to some employees discussing about a company retreat, students listen and complete the sentences.
  2. Students practice the conversation in pairs.
  3. Student create a similar conversation using the previous model as a base.

Main Task

  1. Students create a role-play about a situation between an employer and employee
  2. Student make sure their grammar and pronunciation is accurate
  3. They do the role play in front of class.

Post-Task

  1. students  complete an exercise in which they hear a statement and they reply using some of the vocabulary studied here

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