This lesson is based on short animated presentation the examines strategies for better discussion and debate. In the video, the narrator explains some of the reasons for seemingly irrational conflicts between people. In asking the question, ‘Why facts don’t convince people’, the video takes a look at the factors that create barriers to polite, constructive argument and communication. Students will immediately relate to and recognise the ideas presented, which will encourage great discussion. Lesson tasks include vocabulary development and learning words from context. The discussion and debating exercise will give your students the opportunity to practice sharing their thoughts, ideas and opinions in an effective and polite way. This is an ideal lesson for business English and academic English students.
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