A pyramid discussion is a speaking activity where learners form progressively larger groups as they carry out a speaking task, which normally requires each grouping to reach agreement before joining another group.

A group of students having a discussion together

Pyramid discussions often involve the whole class at the end.

In small groups, the learners have to agree on the most important of the five senses. They then join with another group and have to agree again, and so on, until the whole class is involved in one discussion.

In the classroom
Pyramid discussions are useful for practising a range of functions, including agreeing and disagreeing, negotiating, summarising, and putting forward an argument.

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