ESL debating lessons

Debates in your ESL lessons can be a fantastic way to get your students speaking in an extended way. It also gives your students an ideal platform to give their opinions on a range of topics and interact with each other and you, the English teacher. Debating language is very useful for adult students to learn and can be used again and again in discussion when using English.

In this ESL movie lesson, you'll be showing your students clips from the movie The Great Debators, starring and directed by Denzel Washington. In The Great Debators, Washington stars in the true story of a motivational teacher at an American College for black only students from whom he forms a debate team to take on the nation's finest debating team, Harvard University. 

In this lesson, your students will be hearing authentic debating language and practicing giving opinions using English. Included in the free ESL debating language lesson plan is a list of topics and discussion questions aimed at varying levels of English students from Pre-Intermediate through to Advanced. 

Debating Language for ESL Students
In my opinion...
As far as I'm concerned...
I strongly believe that...
If it were up to me...
I'm convinced that...
I think...
The way I see it...
I'd like to...
It is fairly certain that...
Without a doubt...
I suspect that...
I honestly feel that…

Download the movie lesson below for the ESL debating lesson, along with over 50 different debating topics and ESL debating questions.

by Stuart Allen
Published in Movie lessons

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