The mass debate
Upper Intermediate level
To provide accuracy speaking practice in a debate in the context of conjunctions (so, but, because, etc)
To provide fluency speaking practice in a debate in the context of expressing ideas
Procedure (39-50 minutes)
Give students one of the sentences from the worksheet. Write it on the board. Allow students to choose if they are Group A or B (the whole class should agree) The teacher will be the opposite group. Give students 5 minutes to think of opinions and find evidence (using the internet)
Students and the teacher take turns debating for or against the sentence. Help students to structure good sentences and give extra points for well spoken sentences.
Put students into 2 groups. Rules: Every student should give at least one opinion (with evidence for extra points) Groups get points for, good opinions, solid evidence, accurate sentences. Minus points for Turkish or students not speaking or small sentences. Give groups a sentence from the worksheet and give 5 minutes to discuss ideas and find evidence. Debate. TAKE NOTES OF GOOD SENTENCES
After at least 2 sentences. Give students feedback on good sentences. Write on the board and discuss the grammar usage, phrasal verbs, etc.