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Giving Support

Giving Support

Students look through newspapers and magazines to find opinions, reasons, and types of support. An ESL debate activity practicing giving support for opinions.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Debate

Time:  45 minutes

Preparation

  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Newspapers, magazines, or internet access.

Procedure

1

Give each student the Handout about Giving Support. Read the Handout together as a class, and answer any questions.

2

Ask students to get a partner. Pass out the newspapers and magazines to each pair of students.

3

Ask students to look through the articles. Their task is to find an opinion, reason, and support. Then, label the support as an example, an explanation, an expert opinion, or a statistic. Allow students around 10 minutes to prepare.

4

Draw 4 columns on the board, and label them opinion, reason, support, and type of support.


Types of Support:

Example

Explanation

Expert Opinion

Statistic

5

Ask one pair of students to go to the front of the classroom and present their findings. One student speaks while the other student fills in columns 1 – 3 on the board.

6

Then, ask the remaining students to guess the type of support and fill in column 4.

7

Continue until each pair of students has had a chance to present.

Notes:

It’s best to do this activity after the activities Giving Opinions and Giving Reasons.

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