Language Learning- Opinions

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Learning and Teaching

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Language learning opinions (Learner Training/ Functional Language- Opinions/ Meetings) 

 

Read through the following ideas for studying English and mark each one with a tick for 

good ideas and a cross for bad ideas (don’t think about it too much, just go on your first 

impressions) 

 

Listening to English tapes when you are asleep 

 

Having English radio on in the background while you are doing your housework 

 

Playing English language learning games on your Nintendo DS 

 

Saying or thinking what you are doing in English as you carry out daily tasks (‘I am unscrewing the 

ketchup bottle cap’ etc.) 

 

Watching English language films with English subtitles 

 

Watching Japanese films with English subtitles 

 

Watching English films with Japanese subtitles 

 

Watching the same film or TV episode over and over again 

 

Reading graded readers (= easy readers) 

 

Reading classic books in the original (e.g. Shakespeare or Charles Dickens) 

 

Reading English children’s books 

 

Watching English children’s films or TV programmes 

 

Keeping a list of language to learn, e.g. a vocab list 

 

Going through your vocab list several times every day 

 

Labeling things in your house or office, e.g. with post-its 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 

Keeping a diary in English 

 

Online chat 

 

Listening to the radio news in English 

 

Reading an English language newspaper 

 

Writing fiction in English, e.g. short stories 

 

Listening to English music 

 

Reading the lyrics of English songs, e.g. from a CD jacket or on the internet 

 

Singing in English, e.g. karaoke 

 

English language exercise videos 

 

Listening to audio books 

 

Learning a famous speech or poem in English by heart 

 

Putting yourself into a state of deep relaxation before doing listening exercises 

 

Getting tipsy (= a little drunk) before speaking English 

 

Using a dictionary while you are watching a movie 

 

Learning and using the phonemic script 

 

Recording your own voice 

 

Working your way through the dictionary 

 

Learning as many words as you can of one category, e.g. animal words 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 

Doing exercises in self-study grammar books and vocab books 

 

Starting English lessons very young, e.g. when you are two 

 

Reading a grammar book 

 

Surfing the net in English 

 

Taking holidays abroad 

 

Drawing pictures of the words you want to learn 

 

Reading children’s books in English 

 

Having a foreign boyfriend or girlfriend 

 

Arranging a conversation exchange 

 

English language exams 

 

Translating 

 

Writing the words you want to learn in katakana 

 

Modelling your accent on one particular actor, e.g. trying to speak like Robert De Niro 

 

Using an English-English dictionary 

 

Occasionally talking to or e-mailing your Japanese friends in English 

 

Finding a pen friend 

 

Starting conversations with foreign people you see on the train. 

 

Going to an English pub and starting conversations with the barmen and other customers. 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

 

Optional Task 

Now read through the list again and label all the ideas for learning languages above by 

how good you think they are with a number representing your opinion as below: 

 

14 

This is an absolutely fabulous idea. It’s one of the most intelligent things I’ve ever heard. 

13 

This is an excellent idea. It’s almost guaranteed to work. 

12 

This is a great idea. 

11 

This seems like a really good idea. 

10 

I would say this is a good idea.   

This could be quite a good idea. 

This is not a bad idea. It could work. 

This is an acceptable idea. It might be worth thinking about. 

This is quite a bad idea. I doubt whether this would be any use. 

This is a bad idea. I don’t see how it could possibly work. 

4   

This is a very bad idea. There is no chance it could work. 

This is a terrible idea. You shouldn’t even consider doing this. 

This is a really awful idea. It would be pretty stupid to do this. 

This is a totally atrocious idea. It would be worse than doing nothing. 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007 

 

Using the opinion language below, give your opinion about one of the language learning methods above. 

See if the other students can guess which one you are talking about. 

Frankly,... 

In my opinion,… 

If you ask me,… 

Generally speaking,… 

As far as I know,… 

The way I see it is… 

As far as I’m concerned,… 

If you want my opinion,… 

I (personally) believe that… 

Not everyone will agree with me, but… 

(This might be a bit controversial but) I would say (that)… 

Without a doubt… 

I’m convinced that… 

I’m absolutely certain that… 

I’m positive that… 

With some reservations, I’d probably say that… 

 

If the other students can’t guess after one sentence, you can add more information 

Another thing is that,… 

 

I would also say that… 

 

Perhaps I should also mention that… 

 

In addition,… 

 

Not only that, but… 

 

What’s more,… 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2007