Giving Opinions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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ESL Asking For and Giving Opinions Activity - Speaking: Ranking Items, Guided Discussion, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging giving opinions activity, students ask for and express opinions on ways to improve their English. Working alone, students rank 15 ways to improve their English (1 is the most useful and 15 is the least useful). In pairs, students then read out their ranking to their partner who notes their ranking down. Next, students ask for and give their opinions on the different methods. The students also compare the items, discuss the merits and drawbacks of each method, and come up with a combined ranking. Afterwards, students work with a new partner and compare their combined rankings, discussing any similarities or differences. Finally, students join with their original partner and report back to the class on their top three methods for improving their English.
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In my Opinion

ESL Giving Opinions Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Sentence Completion - Speaking Activity: Freer Practice - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This giving opinions worksheet helps to teach elementary students how to give basic opinions. Students begin by underlining the adjective in each statement that is closest to their opinion. Students then write their opinion using one of three opinion expressions, e.g. 'In my opinion, reading is fun'. Next, students read how to give an opinion by making the expressions negative to show disagreement. Students then write four things they disagree with from Exercise A using the negative expressions, e.g. 'I don't think that reading is boring'. After that, students read ten statements and write each statement in an 'agree' or 'disagree' column in a chart based on their opinion. In pairs, students then take it in turns to share their opinions with their partner who responds by agreeing or disagreeing. The two students then mark the 'Do you agree with me?' column accordingly.
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Interactive Version - In this giving opinions interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to learn language for giving opinions.

 

I think that...

ESL Stating Opinions Activity - Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Supporting Opinions, Asking and Answering Questions, Freer Practice - Pair work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an opinion sharing activity to help students practice language structures for stating opinions. In pairs, students take it in turns to pick up a card and lay it on the table. Each card shows a topic with four possible opinions, one written by one of the students. The student then gives their opinion about the topic on the card by making a complete sentence from the prompt, e.g. 'I think that watching TV is entertaining'. The other student then gives their opinion. Students also explain the reason for their opinion and ask follow-up questions when possible. This continues until both students have given an opinion for each card.
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Really?

ESL Asking and Giving Opinions Game - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions, True or False - Group work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this fun giving opinions game, students give true or false opinions about famous people or things. Players take it in turns to pick up a card showing the name of a famous person or thing. The student to their right asks the player for their opinion of the person or thing on the card, e.g. 'What do you think of Lady Gaga?' The player then picks up a 'Tell the truth' or 'Tell a lie' card. If the player picks up a 'Tell the truth' card, they give an honest opinion. If the player has a 'Tell a lie' card, they give an opinion that isn't true. The other students then ask the player one follow-up question each to help them decide if the player is lying or telling the truth, e.g. 'What's your favourite Lady Gaga song?' The other students then collectively decide if the player is lying or telling the truth and the player reveals the answer. If the students guess correctly, they each score one point. If they guess incorrectly, the player scores two points. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Four Corners

ESL Giving and Defending Opinions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this free giving opinions activity, students practice expressing and defending their opinions. Place a sign in each corner of the classroom (strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree). Read a statement to the class, e.g. 'Celebrities earn too much money'. The students then go to the corner that best matches their opinion on the topic, e.g. strongly agree. The students in the same corner discuss why they chose that opinion and then report their reasons to the class. After each corner has given reasons for their opinion, the students from the different corners politely refute another corner's opinion. Afterwards, students that want to switch to another corner do so. The process is then repeated with a new statement and so on.
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It's Debatable

ESL Giving Opinions and Disagreeing Activity - Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free giving opinions speaking activity, students participate in a debate to help them practice expressions for giving opinions and disagreeing. In competing groups, students write a debate topic on the worksheet and prepare their for or against argument. When everyone is ready, the two groups come to the front of the class and debate their topic with each group member contributing to the debate. After each group has presented their argument, the two groups respond to each other by disagreeing and giving a counter-argument. Afterwards, the class votes for the winner of the debate. Then, two new groups come to the front of the class and begin the next debate and so on.
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Our Opinions

ESL Expressing Opinions Activity - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Discussion, Summarizing - Pair and Group work - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free expressing opinions activity, students practice giving, explaining and summarizing opinions. Students start by reading questions on the worksheet and writing down their answers. In pairs, students then take it in turns to ask the questions to their partner and note down the answers. Students also ask their partner to give a reason for each opinion. After that, pairs join together to make groups of six. In their groups, students discuss the results of the questionnaire and write statements summarizing their findings, e.g. 'Most people think the best way to learn English is to practice it every day'. Finally, groups present their findings to the class.
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Rant or Rave

ESL Giving Opinions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this giving opinions game, students rant and rave about various topics using positive or negative opinion adjectives. In groups, players take it in turns to pick up a topic card and place it face up on the desk for everyone to see. The player then picks up a 'Rant' or 'Rave' card. If the player turns over a 'Rant' card, they express negative opinions about the topic on the card for one minute, without stopping. If the player picks up a 'Rave' card, they express positive opinions. The other students listen and award one point to the player for each appropriate opinion adjective they use during their rant or rave. If a player can't think of anything to say or stops talking before the time limit has been reached, no points are awarded. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Shared Opinions

ESL Giving Opinions Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this giving opinions board game, students practice making true statements with both or neither by racing against another pair to find something they have in common with their partner. Students take it in turns to pick up a card and read the task on the card to the whole group. Students then talk with their partner and race to find a shared opinion, habit, dislike, etc, according to the task on the card. The first pair to do this makes a true statement with both or neither and moves their counter forward two spaces. If a team makes a grammar mistake or creates a sentence that appears untrue, the other team can steal the win by creating a correct sentence of their own. The first team to reach the finish wins the game.
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The Cycling Holiday

ESL Giving Opinions and Prioritizing Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this giving opinions activity, students share opinions, prioritize, and agree on a list of items to pack for a cycling holiday. In pairs, students give their opinions on the things they should pack for their cycling holiday. Pairs then prioritize the items and come up with a list of things to take with them on their holiday. The combined items should be no more than six kilograms in weight. Afterwards, pairs present their list of items to the class. The other students listen and say whether they agree or disagree with the items chosen, pointing out any problems they see with the list. The presenting pair can then justify their opinions if need be. When all the pairs have presented, the class agrees on and comes up with a list together.
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What's your opinion?

ESL Asking and Giving Opinions Activity - Speaking: Gap-fill, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Writing Sentences - Pair work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this asking for and giving opinions activity, students ask for and share opinions on school subjects. Students begin by completing each question on the worksheet with a different school subject. In pairs, students then ask their partner the questions on the worksheet and write sentences about their opinions, e.g. 'Terry doesn't think that science is difficult. He scored 95% on his last test'. When the pairs have finished, they check each other's sentences for errors. Finally, students present their partner's opinions to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this giving opinions breakout room activity, pairs of students ask for and give opinions about school subjects.

 

Controversial Statements

ESL Giving and Justifying Opinions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 40 minutes

In this giving and justifying opinions activity, students express and justify opinions by arguing for or against a set of controversial statements. Working alone, students read statements on the worksheet and write down two reasons why someone might agree or disagree with each one. Next, in groups, comprising of two 'for' students and two 'against' students, students discuss the controversial statements, giving and justifying their opinions, and arguing for or against each statement. When everyone has finished, each group tells the class who gave the most convincing arguments and why. As an extension, students discuss their real opinions on the controversial statements in their groups.
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Explain Yourself

ESL Expressing Opinions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 35 minutes

In this stating opinions activity, students practice giving opinions and asking embedded questions to gain more information. In groups of four, students take it in turns to choose a numbered opinion card and a controversial issue from the board, e.g. card number 3 and cloning. Each student then completes that numbered card with their opinion on the topic. Next, students mix the four opinion cards together. The first student then picks up a card, reads out the opinion, and guesses who the card belongs to. After the writer has been correctly identified, the group members use embedded questions to ask the writer to explain a little more about their opinion on the issue. If the students have opposing views, they have a brief debate. When the students have completed all the cards, they share which topics caused the most debate with the class.
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My Opinion

ESL Giving Opinions and Persuading Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 50 minutes

In this communicative giving opinions activity, students express opinions on controversial statements and then try to persuade students with differing opinions to change their minds. Students take it in turns to take a statement card from the pile and read it to the group. Each student then chooses an opinion card to show how much they agree or disagree with the statement and places it in front of them, e.g. disagree. The first student then gives their opinion and the other students respond with their own opinion in turn. The students then try to persuade the group members with differing opinions to change their minds. If anyone changes their mind during the discussion, they show this by changing the opinion card in front of them. After all the topics have been discussed, there is a class feedback session to find out which statements caused the greatest argument.
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