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Giving Reasons

Giving Reasons

Students give an opinion about snack foods and give reasons for their opinion. An ESL debate activity practicing giving reasons for an opinion.

Level:  Intermediate

Topic:  Debate

Time:  45 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Two bags of different kinds of candy, chocolate, or chips. For example, Cheetos and popcorn.



Give each student the Handout about giving reasons. Read the Handout together as a class. 


Show students the Cheetos and the popcorn. Ask students to write an opinion comparing the two products. Allow students to taste the snacks and look at the packaging, if necessary.

For example:

The Cheetos are better than the popcorn.


Allow students around 5 minutes to write three reasons for their opinion.


Ask students to get a partner and practice the example dialogues from the Handout. Then, ask students to replace the information in the dialogue with their own information.


Draw 2 columns on the board. On one side, write, The Cheetos are better than the popcorn. On the other side, write, The Cheetos aren’t better than the popcorn.


Ask each student to give one reason for either side. Fill in the columns as the answers are given.


It’s best to do the Giving Opinions activity first to give the students time to practice forming an opinion.

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