Activity 4: The devil’s advocate method

Activity 4: The devil’s advocate method Students act in pairs: two chairs can be placed in the front of the class; each student takes a place in their chair and faces the other student. One student chooses one side of the argument and then the other student argues the...

Activity 3: The silent floor discussion

Activity 3: The silent floor discussion The teacher can show a topic to be discussed, writing it in large letters on a paper and putting it on the floor. Students are asked to write down everything that comes in their mind; it can be a word associated with the one...

Activity 2: Guided debate

Activity 2: Guided debate Speed debate Teacher displays a statement to the class relating to the topic chosen. The statements should be easily understood, but should be selected on the basis that they will invite a degree of disagreement amongst the class e.g. ‘War is...

Activity 1: Guided Brainstorming

Activity 1: Guided Brainstorming Circular single brainstorm Students stay in a circle; the first student speaks expressing an opinion about the topic selected. The following one continues, linking to something said to incorporate a comment that was referred to by the...