Expressing opinions

  1. A. Make up short dialogues expressing your opinion, agreeing or disagreeing. Use the prompts given below.
  2. A. Read the short extract from the interview and recognize any constructions expressing Future Actions.
  3. C) Now discuss the opinions with your partner.
  4. D. Make up short dialogues expressing lack of certainty and surprise. Use prompts given below.

Task 1. [a) individually; (b) in class]

a) Look at the table below. The focus of this unit is expressing opinions about controversial topics. The table contains a number of set formulae used to give opinions. These formulae are subdivided into three categories. The subdivision is based on the degree of certainty conveyed.


Using these phrases you will achieve four important aims: You will be more effective in realizing your intentions. You will speak more smoothly and naturally You will have more confidence in you speaking ability. You will sound sociolinguistically correct


language functions
Giving Tentative Opinions It seems to me that Id say that As far as I can tell As far as Im able to judge Giving Neutral Opinions I think / believe / feel / suppose In my (personal) opinion / view As I see it From my point of view As far as I know To the best of my knowledge As far as Im concerned Giving Strong Opinions I firmly believe that Im certain / sure that Its quite obvious / clear that I'm absolutely convinced that...


b) In chain express your opinions on the question above. Make use of the set formulae from the box. Do not repeat the ones that have been employed by the previous speakers.


Task 2. [in pairs]

The table below contains some more set formulae used to express opinions.

Read the formulae available, then think of several more to add to each category.

language functions
Asking for Opinions What do you think (of / about)? Asking for an Explanation of an Opinion What makes you say/think that? Giving the Opinion of Others According to X X argues that ... To quote X: Summarizing Briefly, the main points that have been made are .. ..

Task 3. [in groups of 4]

Discuss the following question in the group:

What do you think of the approach to

defining psychology offered by the author of

What is psychology?



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