Worksheet: Expressions for Agreeing & Disagreeing

ESL Level: Intermediate

Focus: Language for discussions (giving opinions, agreeing, disagreeing)

Time required: 20-30 minutes

Worksheet download: discussion-language-esl-worksheet.docx

This is a simple worksheet to practice expressions for giving opinions, agreeing, and disagreeing. This is useful language for general ESL or EAP (English for academic purposes).

Study expressions for discussions in ESL class

The worksheet has two stages. In the first stage, the teacher elicits expressions from the class. S/he should also suggest some useful expressions such as the following:

Giving Opinions

  • If you ask me, …
  • From my point of view, …
  • As far as I’m concerned, …

Agreeing

  • You have a point there.
  • I couldn’t’ agree with you more.
  • I guess so. (weak)

Disagreeing

  • That’s not always the case.
  • I’m afraid I disagree.
  • I beg to differ.

Students enter the expressions in the boxes on their worksheet.

In the second stage, the teacher has students discuss the statements at the bottom of the worksheet. Students are encouraged to use the aforementioned expressions.

That’s it. I hope you find it useful speaking practice for your ESL class.

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