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Frames for Academic Discussions

 

  • Paraphrases/Confirmation of Understanding
  • Are you saying that ____________________?
  • What you are saying is that _______________, right?
  • Do you mean that ______________________?

 

  • Requests for More Information.
  • I don?t understand what you mean by ______________.
  • I?m not sure I follow.? Could you say it a different way?
  • What does _____________ mean?

 

  • To Add Information
  • _______ said that ___________, and I would like to add that____________________________.
  • Along the lines of what __________ said, I think ________.
  • Building on _________?s idea, I think that __________.

 

  • To Express Agreement
  • I agree with what ______ said (because __________).
  • What _______ said makes sense to me (because ________).

 

  • To Express Disagreement
  • I don?t agree with _____ that _________________ (because____________________).
  • _______ said ____________, but I have a different idea.

 

  • To Introduce a New Direction or Idea
  • We have said _______.? Could we think about a different idea,such as _________________?
  • We haven?t really talked about _____________________.? I think____________ is important, too.

 

 

***In discussion, you should begin by referencing the previousspeaker.

***When you have finished, try to summarize the ideas presentedby the other participants.? Use the following frameworks:

??????????? ______________? ????? suggested (that)???????????______________

??????????? ______________ ?????? argued (that)???? ???????????______________

??????????? ______________ ?????? emphasized (that) ????????______________

??????????? etc.


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