TOPIC 8: EXPRESSING OPINIONS AND FEELINGS | ENGLISH FORM 1
What is your opinion?
Do you like city life or rural life?
There are some people who want to go to live in towns. They think that life is cheap and simple there. They think they can buy cars, houses, good clothes etc.
Guide the students to the full sub topic/lesson procedures, activities and games for better understanding of the sub topic by following these activities:
Brainstorming the sub topic/lesson through oral questions with answers, pair works, and group discussions of all important concepts to get students on track.
In this activity, the teacher brainstorms with the students on how people feel or react to various situations and point of views. Here the teacher can ask students what they know about feelings, how they express feelings, and how they can identify or express other people’s feelings. The teacher can also ask them various oral questions which can bring them into the inner circles of the sub topic/lesson:
What do you feel when you are expecting unfamiliar thing?
I feel nervous.
What season makes you feel different?
Winter season make me feel cold all the time.
How do you feel when your body is dehydrated?
I feel tired.
What do you feel when you pass exams?
I become very excited.
What do you feel when someone wrongly step on your toes?
I feel hurt.
These questions will surely have prepared students to interact with the topic successful.
Teacher’s application of his/models or examples so as to bring the topic/lesson and the students into the real or common sense of the topic/lesson.
In this activity, the teacher has to apply pictures to demonstrate various feelings people experience when they are in certain moods or contexts. The teacher has a variety of choices here. He/she can use cartoons from the newspapers, magazines, or school gazettes and give them to students. Students can now discuss how these cartoons feel like. Cartoons are more effective because they make students laugh and more entertained.
Cartoons are good option in this topic. This is because they are simple to draw. The following series of Cartoons show various feelings people express when they are in various moods or in argument of point of views:
Showing students how models like that of a teacher can be applied by them. Here students need to be guided on how to use given expressions, structures, vocabulary, and phrases or similar ones.
In this activity, first, with the help of the teacher, the students have to practice expressing their feelings and the feelings of other people.
Also in this activity, the teacher will guide students to demonstrate their abilities to express their feelings on various situations. They should use appropriate expressions and vocabularies to get perfect expression of desired feelings. Also these feelings are always experienced by the students; they should now learn to express them in English language.
Second, the teacher will guide students to practice expressing appropriate facial expressions to express particular feelings. Maybe these are the things they always do or see, but at this time they should express them meaningfully. For example, when someone is surprised or shocked, he/she always raise the eyebrows and open the mouth wide:
Wow! What a surprise!
Taking/leading students to the real situations or contexts where they can apply what they have mastered. Here speaking, reading or writing activities are involved.
In this activity, the teacher guides students to the more practices on expressing feelings by speaking and expressing facial expressions appropriately. The teacher has to give more emphasis on the importance of applying these expressive patterns. On emphasis, the teacher should guide Form One students to practice various adjectives of feelings, such as these below:
|Feelings of Fear||Feelings of Anger||Feelings of Happiness|
These adjectives together with many more adjectives that express feelings of people should be practiced by students in various ways.
Winding up the topic/lesson. Here teachers summarise the topic/lesson by emphasizing the importance of the sub topic/lesson and suggesting other related aspects of the sub topic/lesson.
The Teacher can guide students to practice more adjectives. For more on practising adjectives, check out
Expressing feelings appropriately in appropriate contexts is the one of those communicative skills. Bearing this in mind, the teacher should ask students to reflect on how they express feelings and how other people express their feelings.
A teacher should design an evaluation for students by using appropriate assessment tools like oral questions or assignments so that to see if the student is able to express feelings.
Ask students to individually write five sentences that express certain feelings and emotions.
Ask students to write the opposites of the underlined words in the following sentences:
I feel sad today
I was normal when I received daddy’s gift
The baby is feeling cold
Ashura is calm
Students are interested
Ask students to work in pairs and discuss what feelings they can express with the words; sorry and apologise. They should express the feelings by speaking to one another.
Ask students to write the short dialogue on which two people are expressing feelings.
After that, the teacher has to ask each group to dramatize a particular dialogue on expressing feelings.
You can give students more individual works, pair works, and group works to facilitate their interaction and understanding of the sub topic or lesson. As English language teacher you have to give students more works to do.
Because language is meant to be largely spoken and written, the teacher should rely on written exercises and notes. Instead students have to learn English language by vigorously exercising individually, in pairs, and in groups.
We are born with the natural ability to express any feelings either automatically or in non-automatic way. There are voluntary and involuntary actions. However, all these together have meanings when it comes to communication through language and in this case, English language. Thus, in this sub topic, the teacher has to encourage students to use appropriate expressions and facial expressions to express the right feelings they have on particular contexts and point of views.
The teacher should also guide students to use these skills when they speaking in public like during morning speeches/talks, class debates, school debates, and in speech presentations.
These stages explained above are not necessarily covered in a single lesson of single or double period. Remember that this is the guide for teaching the whole sub topic which has periods ranging from 6 to 20. So, the teacher’s task is to divide these stages according to the total number of periods for a particular sub topic.
Giving opinions can be easily expressed during debates
- Boarding schools provide better education than day school
- Co- education school are better than single sex school
- Special ability schools are not special in rolling students
- Students failure in examination is due to poor teaching.
Look at the following ways in which we can express opinions in English
a) Asking for opinion
b) expressing an opinion. In my opinion,school rules are a waste of time
c) supporting opinion
d) opposing an opinion
e) Expression doubt
Chief proposer and opposes, audience, guest, speaker, secretary
Suggest, view, evaluate, propose, against, think, argue, advise, disagree, equally, feeling can be expressed.
I feel hungry
You are happy
Expressing state of health
Examples Are you sick ? What are you suffering from? Yesterday I had a headache
Write conversations between a doctor and patient