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The following ESL resources are available for Opinions:

 
 
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Balloon debate
Cut up roles and students choose at random. Groups of 5 - 10. Tell them they are in a balloon which is sinking. Only a certain number (decide) can stay on board. The others have to go. Students have to justify their places in the ballon
 
 

 

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Discussion topics - mixed
Twelve topical / controversial subjects on slips that can be cut up and drawn out of a hat etc.
 
 

 

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You be the judge
Six crime cases. Student's take it in turns to read out their case. The group must decide on sentences for each case in turn. Can also be used to practice criticism, should have etc.
 
 

 

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BBC Talking Business: meetings external link icon
Short audio passage (RealPlayer) + language input. Divided into six topics: agenda; interruptions; agreeing / disagreeing; AOB; language expert; challenge (quiz)
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

General English course books (adults)

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

Inside Out Student's Book Advanced

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 2 Taste  Page 17   A taste for travel
Four speakers talk about food in countries they have visited. Language for expressing enthusiasm and reservations
 
Unit 2 Taste  Page 23   In good taste
Students discuss list of different kinds of public behaviour
 
Unit 2 Taste  Pages 22 - 23  A question of taste
Four native speakers discuss good taste
 
 
New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book book cover 

New Cutting Edge Upper Intermediate students' book

Peter Moore   Sarah Cunningham   
 
Module 11 Interfering with nature  Page 121 
 
Module 11 Interfering with nature  Page 125 
practise
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Advanced

Ceri Jones   Tania Bastow   
 
Unit 2 Taste  Page 23   Letter to a newspaper
Students read a letter to a newspaper in which a woman gives a strong opinion on young people's fashions, and write a reply.
 
 
New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate book cover 

New Inside Out Student's Book Upper Intermediate

Susan Kay   Vaughan Jones   
 
Unit 5 Ritual  Page 55   writing extra
Analysis of short essay giving an opinion on traditional weddings
 
 

Photocopiable resource books

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Intermediate Communication Games

Jill Hadfield   
 
17 - Office politics  Page 17 
Role play with role cards. Someone in the office is going to be promoted. Give your opinions and try to find out what others think of you.
 
 

Speaking / listening skills books

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Real Listening & Speaking 3

Miles Craven   
 
Unit 1 How are things?  Page 13 
Listening: Students listen to short conversations and identify the subjects, whether or not the speakers agree and the key language used. Speaking: Listen to tape and make oral responses
 
 

General English adult course resource packs

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Reward Upper-intermediate Resource Pack

Susan Kay   
 
3c Men and women are from different planets  Page 3 
Ten statements about gender to agree / disagree with.
 
13c Your views on technology  Page 13 
Ss discuss statements about technology.
 
 

Grammar

Comparison with as...as...

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Detailed grammar reference notes on comparison with as....
Three pages, illustrated. Includes positive and negative forms, modifiers and common similes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination

Reading and vocabulary: workplace discrimination: picture
 
Work clothing vocabulary.
News story in graded English about woman who was sent home for refusing to wear high-heeled shoes.
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ESL lesson plans

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps

Reading and vocabulary: How Donald Trump got rich: a tale of three Trumps: picture
 
Three articles in graded English with lead-in and comprehension tasks.
Jigsaw reading for groups of three.
Grammar follow-up on participle clauses (PDF advanced version)
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