ESL Worksheets for Sharing Opinions

ESL Worksheets for Sharing Opinions

Being able to distinguish between fact and opinion is an important skill for both reading and listening comprehension, especially as students delve into the complexities of a new language. As students begin to learn the English language, they will be able to spot that difference in no time and go on to share their own opinions, as well as recognize those of others in classroom activities. We've rounded up X worksheets that focus on just that - sharing opinions through things like healthy debate and conversation exercises. 

Take a peek at each of these resources, and download the ones that fit your needs to use in your classroom. There are activities for all levels, from complete beginner to adult learner. 

ESL Worksheets for sharing opinions


8 Engaging ESL Worksheets for Sharing Opinions

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    Countries - Fact or Opinion?

    For beginner ESL students, learning to tell the difference between a fact and an opinion is the first step. This worksheet gives elementary-level learners practice with differentiating the two. They will simply read sentences about different countries and determine whether it is a fact or opinion. You can even use this activity after first introducing the topic. 

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    Debate Topics 1

    Being able to debate is a more advanced way of sharing an opinion, and this exercise presents students with a handful of controversial, yet age appropriate topics for them to share their opinions about. Some of these questions include "Should there be any zoos in the world?" and "Are school uniforms a good or bad idea?" This is a written activity, but you can also use it as a starting point for an in-class debate. It can also be adapted to fit multiple levels of experience. For more relevant topics, check out Debate Topics 2 and Debate Topics 3

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    Expressing Opinion

    Teenagers sure do like to share their opinions, but when it's in a second language, it's not always the easiest thing to do! This worksheet is practice for pre-intermediate to upper-intermediate students who are learning to express how they feel about certain subjects. The worksheet starts by giving students examples of expressions and statements to use when giving an opinion, followed by a list of opinionated statements. You can execute this activity by having signs around the room that say "Strongly Agree," "Agree," "Disagree," and "Strongly Disagree." Read the statement outloud and have the students navigate to the sign that corresponds to their feelings about the subject. 

  4. Sharing Opinions Worksheet ESL

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    Expressing Opinion Sentence Starters

    "I think" is extremely overused in the English language to express someone's opinion. Because of its simplicity, your ESL students will likely default to that phrase when sharing how they feel about something, but this worksheet will help them expand their repertoire with18 new ways to express what they think about a subject. Students can reference this resource during discussions, debates, and writing assignments. It's catered toward more advanced students, though teachers can adapt it to fit their curriculum for younger students. 

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    Give Opinions

    It is important for students to feel confident sharing their opinions, and this worksheet helps give them practice doing so. The worksheet includes a mix of lighter topics like "Facebook should only be used by university students and adults," to more serious ones like "Video games lead to youth violence." It's a good idea to plan a lesson about how to share opinions prior to giving them the worksheet so they have an idea of how to effectively structure their attitudes and thoughts about these subjects. For example, giving an opinion is most impactful when it is backed up by facts and personal experience. 

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    Do You Agree?

    If you're teaching more advanced ESL students, you've got to download this resource. It's a fully mapped out lesson plan for teaching opinion and debate. The first page gives thorough instructions for the teacher to follow, including ways to introduce the topic, tips to give students on speaking about their opinions, and activities to use as a warmup before diving into the main exercises. On the following pages, there are speaking activities students will complete, like sorting expressions into categories (agreement, disagreement, eliciting opinion, and giving opinion). The next activity provides a list of prompts, and students will need to share whether or not they agree with the statements and why. There are also vocabularly charts the class can use to get familiar with new terms. 

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    Giving Your Personal Opinion

    There's no shortage of people giving their opinions around the world today, so as your ESL students are learning new topics, there's no better time to have them practice giving their personal opinions. In this simple activity, students will review different ways to say how they feel about a topic, such as "I'm quite convinced that [subject] + [verb]" and "To be quite honest/frank [subject] + [verb]." There are also more detailed tips on how to construct an impactful opinion statement.This is an extremely helpful resource for pre-intermediate level students!

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    Functional Language: Giving/Asking for an Opinion

    As your ESL students become more comfortable with the language, you can start introducing more complex subjects like giving and asking for opinions. This resource highlights several ways someone can go about giving their opinion, agreeing or disagreeing with a statement, and expressing doubt or uncertainty. Then, it shows an example conversation between two people who disagree on a subject and how to appropriately communicate that. In the last section, students will need to share their opinion about a particiular topic. It can be one that you provide them, or one they come up with themselves, but it should clearly illustrate their attitudes and beliefs regarding the subject using some of the language introduced earlier in the activity. 

  5. I hope you found some resources that will fit your lesson plans! For more ways to teach sharing opinions, check out these Essential Tips for Conducting a Class Debate

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