Archive for April 2015

A for and against essay

In this kind of composition, we write about the pros and cons of a topic, which is considered to be controversial, and conclude summarising the main arguments and/or giving our personal opinion  by supporting one of the sides.

Paragraph plan


Useful language

On the one hand,...
On the other hand,
There are arguments on both sides...
There are several arguments in favour of ...
The question is ... 
One advantage of ... Another advantage is ...
In theory, ....; in practice ...


Linking words and expressions

Use them in order to connect your ideas and show how they are related to one another.



Example 

                                                 Living up to 100 years old of age

More and more new products are being invented to reduce aging. But, can we really slow aging?. I think that living up to 100 years of age has more disadvantages than advantages.

On the one hand, when you are old, everything is more complicated and you tend to get sick easily.
It is also possible for us to be present at the death of other relatives. This is very sad.

On the other hand, living up to 100 years old also has advantages, you are part of the oldest people in the world!. In addition, you could meet most of your family such as your great-grandchildren.

In conclusion, it would be interesting to live more than 100 years old as long as you can have a good physical and mental health.

(By Salvador Muñoz)

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The power of kindness

We can make the world a better place by spreading kindness. Do you agree?
Let's watch the video and talk about what people do and the positive effects of their actions. 


Now, think about yourself and tell us about the last time you did an "act of kindness". What happened? What did you do? How did you feel after ?.

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Debates in class

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Useful vocabulary

Starting the debate

First of all, I'd like to say that...

To start/ begin with....

As everybody knows ...

It is widely known ...

Many people think ...

Giving your opinion

I think/ believe...

In my opinion...

Personally I think...

As far as I'm concerned...

As for me,...

As I see it, ...

Agreeing or disagreeing

I  agree with you.

Yes, that's true.

I think so, too.

You are right...

I see exactly what you mean...

You may be right, but ...

I don't (really) agree.

I disagree with you.

I don't think so, because...

I don't know, actually, I think...

I know but in my opinion...

I see your point,  but I think...

That's all very interesting but the problem is ...

Yes, I understand but my opinion is that...

I'm afraid I can't quite agree with your point  because...

The problem with your point of view is ...

On the contrary! /Quite the contrary!

It's just the opposite.


Interrupting to say something

I'm sorry to interrupt, but I'd like to say that...

Excuse me, but that's not quite correct...

I'm sorry, but you misunderstood me/my point...

Sorry, I just have to disagree with you...

If you don't mind, I'd like to ...


Finishing the debate

  To sum up, here are the main points …

  Let us recap the main points…

  Let us summarize our position in this debate...

 
In summary, we want to point out that…




  

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