Discuss something together for about three minutes:

People often have different priorities in their language learning. Here are some ideas for what your priorities could be:

  1. Grammar
  2. Listening
  3. Pronunciation
  4. Reading
  5. Speaking
  6. Vocabulary
  7. Writing

First talk to each other about how much of a priority each of the things are to you. Then choose the two which should be the greatest priority in this class.

Follow the stages below, using phrases like those given:

Start by choosing one and discussing how much of a priority it is or isn’t

                            Useful phrases

“Shall we start with this one?”

“Which one do you want to start with?” “It doesn’t really matter which one we start with, so how about this one/ the first one?”

                                               Move onto others

Useful phrases for quickly agreeing or disagreeing/ moving the discussion on

“I don’t feel the same way, but I see what you mean. Anyway,…”

“I don’t think we’ll ever agree on that, so…”

“I feel (basically) the same way, so…”

“We seem to agree on that one, so…”

“Have we discussed…?”

“How about…?”

“Let’s skip that one then.”

“Shall we move onto…?” “We still need to discuss…”

“Which one should we discuss next?”

                    Bring that stage to a close and move onto the deciding stage

Useful phrases

“We seem to be running out of time, so…”

“Shall we rush through the last few?”

“I don’t think we have time to discuss (all) the rest, so…”

“What was the second question we had to discuss?”

“What else do we have to discuss?”

“I think we’re ready to decide.”

                                      Starting the deciding stage

Useful phrases

“From what you said, I guess you’d choose…”

“I’d like to nominate…”

“I think we can eliminate/ ignore…”

“Definitely not…”

                              Continuing the deciding stage

Useful phrases

“We still need one more.”

“What about the second one?”

“It doesn’t seem we can agree on that one, so…”

“Maybe we should move onto another one.”

“If not that one, how do you feel about…?”

                                Ending/ summarizing the deciding stage

Useful phrases for ending/ summarizing the deciding stage

“So, we’ve decided on…”

“I think that means we agree on…”

“To recap,…”

“What was the first one we decided on again?”

                           Reporting what you decided (or not)

Useful phrases

“We have only decided on one, which is…”

“We chose… because…”

“We couldn’t agree. I thought… but…”

Iliana, copy two-three phrases for each of the stages above.

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