Introduction:

This is a board game activity to talk about pros and cons. It is a great way to help students practise speaking about considering different options and making decisions.

Don’t forget to feed students new vocabulary throughout the activity, correct and/ or find opportunities to help them express themselves more precisely and accurately. 

Level: B1+

Objectives:

  1. To practise speaking about pros and cons
  2. To introduce pros and cons expressions
  3. To increase fluency and confidence

Materials:

A die (or an online dice roller) 

Procedure:

  1. Brainstorm pros and cons expressions (I have included a pdf to get you started. Give students examples of the expressions in context to make sure they know how to use them in the discussion later on).
  2. Give students a copy of the board game or display it on the screen.
  3. Put students in pairs or small groups.
  4. One of the students throws the dice twice – the first throw indicates which column they should use, and the second throw indicates which row, to obtain the topic.
  5. The player (s) discuss the advantages and/or disadvantages of a topic they have landed on. You could turn it into a competition and ask students to write down the advantages or disadvantages down and see who can come up with more. Also, the crazier the better as long as they are expressed correctly 😉
  6. Encourage students to ask additional questions and ask for clarification and details. Whilst the students are speaking you could ask others to note down expressions used by the speaker that I have included in the pdf (Materials).
  7. At the end, ask students to choose one topic that has not been discussed and using the expressions from the pdf write 3 advantages and 3 disadvantages of a given issue.

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