Language Learning- Opinions


Learner training and the language of opinions practice

Language Learning- Opinions

Learner training and the language of opinions practice

Read through the following ideas for studying English and mark each one with a tick for good ideas and a cross for bad ideas (not thinking about it too much, just going on your first impressions). If there are several ideas on one line, rank each one.

  • Arranging a conversation exchange
  • Doing exercises in self-study grammar books and vocab books
  • Drawing pictures of the words you want to learn
  • English language exams
  • English language exercise videos
  • Finding a pen friend
  • Getting tipsy (= a little drunk) before speaking English
  • Going to an English pub and starting conversations
  • Having a foreign boyfriend or girlfriend
  • Having English radio on in the background while you are doing your housework
  • Keeping a diary in English
  • Keeping a list of language to learn, and going through it several times a day
  • Labelling things in your house or office with their English names
  • Learning a famous speech or poem in English by heart
  • Learning and using the phonemic script
  • Learning as many words as you can of one category, e.g. 100 animal words
  • Listening to audio books/ English music/ English tapes when you are asleep
  • Listening to the radio news in English
  • Modelling your accent on one particular actor, e.g. trying to speak like Robert De Niro
  • Occasionally talking to or e-mailing your local friends in English
  • Online chat
  • Playing English language learning video games
  • Reading a grammar book/ an English-language newspaper/ children’s books in English
  • Reading classic books (e.g. Shakespeare or Charles Dickens) in the original
  • Reading graded readers (= easy readers)
  • Reading the lyrics of English songs, e.g. from a CD jacket or on the internet
  • Recording your own voice speaking English
  • Saying or thinking what you are doing in English (“I am unscrewing the bottle cap”, etc.)
  • Singing in English, e.g. doing karaoke in English
  • Starting conversations with foreign people you see on the train.
  • Starting English lessons very young, e.g. when you are two
  • Taking holidays abroad
  • Translating to and/ or from English
  • Using a dictionary while you are watching a movie/ an English-English dictionary
  • Watching English children’s films or TV programmes
  • Watching English films with subtitles in your own language
  • Watching English language films with English subtitles
  • Watching the same film or TV episode over and over again
  • Working your way through a whole dictionary
  • Writing fiction in English

Ask about any which you don’t understand, are not sure are a good idea, etc. 

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 best ideas 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.

9           This could be quite a good idea.

8            This is not a bad idea. It could work.

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

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

5            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.

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

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

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

Use this language to give opinions on one of the ideas above until your partner guesses which one you chose.

  • 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…


  • Another thing is that,…
  • I would also say that…
  • Perhaps I should also mention that…
  • In addition,…
  • Not only that, but…
  • What’s more,…


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