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It gets your students talking and sharing opinions but also gives you a chance to listen in and to understand their motivation and attitudes towards languages.
Make a copy of the discussion statements and cut them into strips so those students can take one statement at a time and discuss it. Add some statements of your own if your students have specific language issues they may want to discuss.
- Put your students into groups of four or five and give each group a statement.
- Let them discuss the statement for a few minutes while you monitor and feed in any language they need.
- Then rotate the statements around the groups.
- Once all the students have discussed all the statements you might want to have a class vote to see what the consensus of opinion is on these statements and share some of your own opinions and insights.
This activity was originally published in December 2007