Arsenio’s ESL Podcast | Season 5 Episode 79 | Speaking Skill | Obtaining Consensus

In a discussion, it is important to establish when the group reaches agreement.

So, have we agree that…

We all seem to be of the same opinion.

Different approaches can be taken to get everyone’s view. These can be more or less structures.

Should we take a vote on that?

What does everyone thing?

Group members need that opportunity to disagree and to express alternative views.

I’m not sure I agree with that. The way I see it is that…

I understand what is being said. However, …..

If consensus cannot be reached, it is often a good idea to move the discussion on and return to the point later.

In the interest of time, let’s move on.

We can return to this point later.

Task: Listen to three extracts from the speaking model. Identify speaker’s purpose and make a note of the phrases used.




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