Discussion phrases

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Learn and practice phrases that are frequently used in discussions and their functions

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DISCUSSIONS WORKSHEETS, ACTIVITIE S & GA ME S Discussion Phrases C. Match the phrases from Exercises A and B to their function below by writing their number and letter. Then, write a new phrase below each function. 1. Getting started: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 2. Disagreeing: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 3. Bringing others in to the discussion: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 4. Moving on to a new point: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 5. Making a contribution: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 6. Expanding a point: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 7. Supporting another's point: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. 8. Asking for clarification: ........ ........ .................................................................................................................................. D. Complete the gaps in the discussion with appropriate discussion phrases. Cherry: OK everyone! So (1) ....................................................., "Is a universal basic income a viable option?" Why don't we start by going around the table and getting some thoughts? Would anyone like to start? Hans: OK let me start. (2) ..................................................... about UBI is that it reduces poverty and income inequality. The evidence for this is that a UBI trial back in 2012 in Namibia halved poverty rates within just a year. Emma: (3) ..................................................... Hans, but I am not sure governments can afford it. (4) ..................................................... a study showed that a UBI in the United States would cost $3.81 trillion per year which is almost 80% of all tax revenue. E. In groups, practice using the phrases by discussing a topic given by your teacher. Teach-This.com © 2021 Permission granted to reproduce for classroom use.

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