Ideas for English Lessons

Debate

Subject: Speaking

 

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 18+

Number of Participants: 4-12 players

Time: 10-15 minutes

Place: Classroom

Equipment: Black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation (1-2 minutes).

1. If possible, arrange the game participants so that they are sitting or standing in a circle or a semi-circle in front of the board.

2. Write a topic for discussion on the board, e.g.:

 

Living in a big city

 

3. Explain that each player should object to the argument of the previous speaker, beginning with "Yes, but...".

How to Play. A typical game might start someting like this:
You: Living in a big city gives more job opportunities!

Player A: Yes, but big cities are too polluted!

Player B: Yes, but they offer a lot of amusements!

and so on around the circle. 

A player, who can not make an appropriate sentence, drops out of the game. The activity continues around the circle as long as only one student is left. This remaining player becomes the winner of the game.

Other possible topics of discussion:

- Having a pet;

- Travelling by train;

- Working with a friend.