Business: Giving Your Opinion

In this intermediate-level ESL lesson, you will learn grammar, vocabulary, and phrases to talk about everyday English topics: an English conversation lesson to ask for someone’s opinion in a personal or business situation.

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This ESL video lesson for daily English will help ESL students learn vocabulary, grammar, improve listening and be confident English speakers.

Practical English for everyday situations.

Giving Your Opinion

ESL Discussion Questions

1

Do you always express your opinion?



2

Do you sometimes ‘agree to disagree’, or do you tend to argue your point?



3

Are you good at keeping secrets?



4

Are you good at making a clear plan of action? Do you think things through?



5

What are your strong points when working in a team?



6

Do you like challenges and to be challenged?



Watch, Read or Listen

ESL Video on Giving Your Opinion

Watch the following ESL YouTube video lesson about giving opinions.

ESL Listening Practice

Watch the YouTube video and answer the following questions about giving your opinion.

Giving Opinions

1

What is the purpose of the meeting?



2

Who do they want to decide what happens next?



3

What is Muriel’s plan?



4

What will focusing on South American projects help ensure?



5

Who can the participants talk to about the meeting?



6

Is it a normal working day?



7

What does, “solid game-plan” mean?



8

What does, “course of action” mean?



ESL Speaking Activity

Use the illustrations to talk about the passage and giving your opinion in business situations.

Business Meeting



Talking About Business



Business Opinions



Giving Business Opinion



Confidential





Vocabulary to give your opinion in English

Word Bank

course of action | avoid | benefit | doubt
As far as I am concerned | confidential
effective | focus | formal announcement
game-plan | issue | outcome | personally
secure | solid | solution | under wraps

Matching

Match the words on the left with the meanings on the right.

Giving Opinion ESL

1. confidential (adj)

A. good; well thought out

2. under wraps (phr)

B. successful in achieving the results that you want

3. doubt (n)

C. a strategy for achieving success

4. effective (adj)

D. a feeling of not being certain about something

5. game plan (n)

E. the way a thing turns out; a consequence

6. solution (n)

F. a sequence of activities you should follow if you want to achieve something

7. solid (adj)

G. something that is meant to be kept secret

8. course of action (phr)

H. used to indicate you are giving your opinion about something

9. outcome (n)

I. secret; known only to a few people

10. as far as I’m concerned (phr)

J. something that is used or done to end a problem

ESL Discussion

Discuss the following quotes about giving your opinion about business.

Talking About Business

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it!”

Jonathan Winters

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs

“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Daniel Patrick Moynahan

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

Ralph Nader

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

Jim Rohn

“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“Do not let someone else's opinion of your dreams become your reality. Let your vision become your reality.”

Christer Rasmusson

Practice

Discuss the following questions about business, opinions, and leadership.

  1. What is most important when working in a team?
  2. What type of leader are you most likely to work hard for?
  3. How important is it for a leader to lead by example?
  4. Do you think ‘how’ something is said, is as important as ‘what’ is said?
  5. Are you a good listener? Do you take other people’s thoughts into consideration?

In Your Own Words

Explain what the word or phrase in bold means and give an example.

Example: She was exhausted because she worked until midnight.
Meaning: very tired - I’m exhausted because I stayed up and studied all night.

Time Table

1

As far as I am concerned, he should have been fired a long time ago.

Meaning /

2

If you don’t agree with Tom, you need to voice your opinion.

Meaning /

3

I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work through this challenge with.

Meaning /

4

It goes without saying that this must be kept completely confidential.

Meaning /

5

I have no doubt that he will get the promotion.

Meaning /

Missing Words

Watch the video again and complete the sentences.

Talking About Business Opinions

Thank you for ___________________ 1 your free time to attend this meeting today.

I hope that by meeting here today we will be able to come up with a ___________________ 2 for our next _______________________ 3.

_____________________________ 4, the most important thing is for us to work together to secure a __________________________ 5 for all. Personally speaking, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work through this challenge with.

I have no doubt that by meeting here today, we will be able to ______________________ 6 that benefits all of us. Please remember that we are here to _______________________ 7, so feel free to voice your opinion. I want everyone to have a hand in deciding our next _______________________ 8.

In my opinion, Muriel’s plan to focus more on our South American projects would be the most effective course of action. I have a feeling that by doing so, we would avoid several of the recent issues we have been experiencing.

It goes without saying that anything that we discuss in this room today must be _________________________ 9.

I have no doubt that everyone in this room can be trusted to keep anything discussed here today _____________________ 10 until a formal announcement is made.

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