How to discuss a topic in a group

How to discuss a topic in a group


Hi! My name is Rebecca, and in today’s lesson
you’ll learn how to participate effectively
in a discussion in English, something you
may need to do in your personal, professional,
or academic life, okay? Now, the topic we’ll
use as our sample is this one: Is it better
to study online or in a regular classroom?
Okay? You’ll have a chance to hear a discussion
by native English speakers on this topic.
What I’d like you to do is listen for any
special expressions and phrases that they
use during the discussion. Afterwards, I’ll
review the expressions and phrases with you,
okay? Now, today I have some special friends
who have agreed to help me with this lesson,
and they’re waiting in the classroom next
door, so let’s go and
say hello to them.
— Hello!
— Hello! — Hi!
— Hi!
— Well, look who’s here. It’s —
— Ronnie. — Alex.
— James. — Adam.
— Thank you for joining me, and thanks for
helping with this lesson, guys.
— No problem.
— No problem.
— So you know we’re talking about discussions,
and the topic is: Is it better to study online
or in a regular classroom? Okay, who wants
to go first?
— Okay, so I’ll start, and I think that it’s
actually very good to study online because
it’s very convenient because you can study
whenever you want and at your own pace. For
example, someone like me, I like to study
at nighttime. So for me, online works better
because it’s quiet at night, no one disturbs
me, and I can do what I need to do.
— Okay, that’s true, but if you’re going
to study online —
— Sorry, but —
— Please let me finish. Let me finish. As
I was saying, that’s true, but if you’re studying
online you do need to motivate yourself, so
I think it’s better to be in a classroom where
you have other students and a teacher who
can motivate you.
— That’s true, but some people can’t afford
to go to a classroom and don’t have enough
money or resources to actually go to a big
school. So studying online, you can actually
do it for free.
— Me? Well, I would like to add — May I
say something?
— Sure.
— Soft skills. That’s not usually talked
about in schools, but when we talk about “soft
skills”, it’s actual interaction, utilizing
your English when you’re with other people,
and that’s hard to get online because you’re
watching a screen and not actually interacting
with other people.
— You make a very good point but I would
also like to add that sometimes having classmates
takes you away from your focus because you
have to maybe review things many times for
other people to catch up, or you have to do
topics that are interesting to other people,
not to yourself. So it’s a little distracting
sometimes, too.
— However, focus is a good thing. I mean,
it’s not a bad thing to repeat something because
sometimes people don’t catch the material
the first time. So that way, you go over the
material, and they — you know, you get depth.
So you get to learn more, and people who don’t
understand get the opportunity to ask questions
and learn from it again.
— Yeah, but sometimes the resources that
you get in a classroom are boring, and online
you can just look up whatever you need on
the Internet, and you’ve got it right there.
You don’t have to rely on a textbook. Sometimes
it can be a bad textbook.
— Okay. Don’t get me wrong. I mean, there
are good resources on the Internet, like www.engvid.com.
However —
— I’m sorry, did you say www.engvid.com?
— I did say www.engvid.com.
— I’ve heard of www.engvid.com.
— I think I have too.
— Me too.
— Check it out.
— Anyway. It’s a good website.
— So as I was saying, don’t get me wrong,
I think there are excellent resources online.
However, some students who are just learning
English for the first time might not know
how to judge the quality of the resources.
So I think if you go to a school, if you’re
inside a classroom, you’re with a teacher
who is trained, is a professional, who can
give you the resources you need to improve
your English.
— Well, it’s a good thing you said about
professional teachers because at www.engvid.com

— www.engvid.com?
— www.engvid.com.
— www.engvid.com.
— Yeah, EngVid?
— We have professional teachers ready to
teach you. So in conclusion, in a nutshell,
can we just, kind of, sum up and say that
studying online or in a classroom will help
everyone?
— Sure.
— I think so.
— I can agree with that.
— Okay. All right. Thank you very much for
your help guys.
— No problem.
— So now, I’ll review some of the phrases
and expressions that you heard in the discussion.
— I think that it’s actually very good to
study online.
— “I think” is used when you’re going to
express your opinion. You could also say “I
believe” and so on. Next.
— That’s true, but if you’re going to study
online —
— However, focus is a good thing —
— Yeah, but sometimes the resources that
you get in a classroom are boring.
— Okay, these three phrases, “That’s true,
but”; or “However”; or “Yeah, but”, are used
— What do you think? They’re used when we
want to contradict what someone else has said,
when we disagree with what someone else has
said. Okay? Next.
— You make a very good point, but I would
also like to add that sometimes having classmates
takes you away from your focus.
— “You made a good point but I’d also like
to add”, is a very nice expression. It shows
that you recognize the contribution that someone
else has made to the discussion in the first
part, and you’re also going to add your own
opinion, which is different from what the
first person said. Next.
— But if you’re going to study online —
— Sorry, but —
— Me? Well, I would like to add — May I
say something?
— “Sorry but”, which Ronnie says, or “May
I say something?”, which James said, are two
different ways in which you can interrupt
a discussion. You see that the first one was
purposely done for you not in a very polite
way to show you how not to do it. And James
says, “May I say something?”, which is a very
polite way to enter a discussion. Next.
— Sorry, but —
— Please let me finish. Let me finish.
— “Please let me finish” is a very nice way
to hold the floor. What does it mean to “hold
the floor” in a discussion? It means to establish
your position as the speaker, all right? So
someone else is trying to interrupt, but you
want a chance to finish whatever argument
you’re presenting, so you say, “Please let
me finish”, okay? Very nice. Next.
— As I was saying, that’s true, but if you’re
studying online —
— “As I was saying” is used when you’re returning
to your — to speaking, to whatever you were
saying when someone has interrupted you, okay?
It’s a way of saying, “Okay, now I’m talking
again”. “As I was saying.” All right? Next.
— Okay. Don’t get me wrong. I mean, there
are good resources on the Internet.
— Alex uses, “don’t get me wrong”. Now, this
is an interesting expression because when
we say this, what we’re saying is that, “I’ve
been explaining something, I’ve been presenting
a certain point of view, but I do understand
that there is another point of view, and I
accept that, and I understand that. However,
I do still have my opinion.” So we use that
when we are taking into account the other
opinion as well. Next.
— So in conclusion, in a nutshell, can we
just, kind of, sum up and say that —
— Okay, the last three phrases were used
by Ronnie to end the discussion, so “in conclusion”,
“in a nutshell”. “In a nutshell” just means
“in short” or “Can we sum up by saying…”
“Can we sum up?” means “Can we summarize?”
All right? So that’s a nice way to end a discussion
by including everyone in it. It’s not as if
one person is deciding to end the discussion.
She’s sort of asking everyone’s permission
by saying, “can we sum up by saying”, okay?
I hope this lesson has given you a number
of different expressions that you can use
when you’re taking part in a discussion, all
right? If you’d like to do a quiz on this
subject, please go to our website, www.engvid.com. Thanks
very much for watching, and good luck with your English.

100 thoughts on “How to discuss a topic in a group”

  1. i think it depends on self motivation ;studying online may not be consistent but in classroom is regular .so it depends on how focused ,consistent or motivated a person is and how he practice….. ; any comments plz share ..

  2. mam i have to appear for BANK EXAM GD INTERVIEW… i really liked this video … but i cant find more GROUP DISCUSSION VIDEOS in your channel …was it only one of such kind??????????????????

  3. Is it better to study online or in a traditional classrom? I think it depends on your prefered sensory mode, level of self control, available resources, study skills, reseach and report skills, business plans, support staff, language skills, quality of classroom teachers/ fellow students, degree, certification and diploma desired, available online and classroom courses that match your needs, etc.!

  4. thank you very much for wonderful lesson.
    I see improvement in me through you guys.
    in this video I see your team work as well 👍😊….

  5. ====================
    Some expressions to "give your opinion", "interrupt", "contradict" and "sum up" in a discussion.
    ====================

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    + I think … (when you are going to express your opinion)
    = I believe …

    ————————
    💎
    + that's true, but … (when we want to contradict what someone else has said)
    =
    +however
    =
    +yeah, but

    ————————-
    💎
    +you made a good point but I'd also like to add … (It shows that you recognize the contribution that someone else has made to the discussion in the first part, and you're also going to add your own opinion which is different)

    ————————-
    💎
    +sorry but … (a way in which you can interrupt a discussion)
    = May I say something? [ it is a very polite way to enter a disscussion]

    ————————-
    💎
    +Please let me finish( a very nice way to hold the floor)

    ————————-
    💎
    +as I was saying (when you're returning to whatever you were saying when someone has interrupted you)

    ————————-
    💎
    +don't get me wrong (said when you think someone might not understand what you say, or be upset by it: Don't get me wrong – I'd love to come, but I'm too busy next week.)

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    💎
    +in conclusion
    +in a nutshell (=in short)
    +can we sum up by saying … (= can we summarize)

  6. I just have a point to put forth and this is my opinion which can be contradicted:
    The group discussion way of learning is the best rather than just listening to rules and then no way to implement because we cannot always implement but if we see it implementing by someone then atleast we can borrow that as first attempt and improve upon.
    But thank you so much for the good work!!

  7. very good Video. im from Germany and im going to have an oral exam where we have to discuss Topics and these phrases really help. thank you very much 😉

  8. Thank you all. I have studied different topics from each of you and I'll continue to learn. Greeting from Turkey.

  9. that group discussion was captivating my attention from all the work , I was doing while watching that discussion. I have learnt so many things.
    thanking you very much to all of you sir/mis..

  10. India is second largest country; where people speak english in mass scale….still millions of town's and village's children also want to learn and speak this language…but there is always lack of good teacher and resources….

  11. I agreed with Adam.Sometimes my classmates take me away of my focus.And I had to review it many times!

  12. my teachers 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍🤗🤗😍😍🤗🤗😍🤗😍

  13. All the teacher are awesome except that green one because her teaching way is terrible i never able to understand what she says ,but where is teacher emma?

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