Sentence starters

During a group discussion it’s important to use Standard English and speak in a clear and fluent way.

It might be useful to prepare some possible sentence starters to use whilst contributing to the discussion, or when responding to questions that you might be asked.

Here is a list of possible sentence starters for your discussion:

  • Another perspective is…
  • On the other hand…
  • I fully believe that…
  • It has been suggested that… however…
  • This particular piece of evidence implies that…
  • It has been put forward that… but I believe…
  • Having listened to all the points that have been made, I still feel that…
  • Although many people have suggested that…
  • Firstly, it should be noted that…
  • Despite listening to some very convincing arguments, I still believe that…
  • Finally, I would like to point out that…

You must have confidence in your own opinion. Do not be afraid to say what you think, just make sure that you do it in a clear and logical way.

Top tips

A bullet pointed list giving tips on presenting including notes on using Standard English and listening to others.
  • Use Standard English throughout the discussion.
  • Ask open-ended questions.
  • Give your opinion in an organised manner, providing evidence for your suggestions.
  • Listen carefully to the opinions of others.
  • Comment on what other people say in an appropriate manner.
  • Try to prepare a few sentence starters to help structure your response.
  • If the conversation falters, try to move it forward by introducing new points or by asking appropriate questions.

Watch and listen to this group discussion on voting. Notice how everybody takes their turn in a calm and orderly manner.

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