Sharpen your critical thinking (CAE Speaking Part 3)

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Grammar - conjunctions

CAE Speaking Part 3 activities


With this lesson plan, students evaluate the validity of arguments using the information from a video about logical fallacies. They also practise conjunctions and do a Cambridge CAE Speaking Part 3 activity. 

C1 / Advanced75 minStandard LessonPremium Plan


At the beginning of the lesson, students discuss what critical thinking is. They will use the ideas from the discussion to do the CAE Speaking Part 3 activity in the last part of the lesson. Then, students replace seven words in context with their synonyms. The words are related to critical thinking and arguments (e.g. faulty – flawed, refute – counter). Students also share their thoughts about two of the statements which they agree with or relate to personally. Next, students read six arguments and decide what makes them faulty and how they would refute them. After that, they watch the first part of the video and explain what a logical fallacy is. After watching the second part, students discuss the logical fallacies from the video. They also look at the arguments from the beginning of the lesson and decide which logical fallacies they exemplify. Students watch the second part of the video again to check their answers.


In the activity, students read nine sentences and choose the correct conjunctions (e.g. whereas, since, and yet). Then,  they need to rewrite arguments using the words in brackets and make any necessary changes to the statements. After that, students need to evaluate the validity of the arguments they transformed and decide whether they display any logical fallacies. Finally, students do a Cambridge CAE Speaking Part 3 task. They need to talk about the importance of critical thinking in some professions, and then decide which of them least requires the skill of critical thinking. While doing the task, students need to use at least three conjunctions practised in the lesson. The worksheet also contains two more CAE Speaking Part 3 tasks which the teacher might decide to do at the end of the lesson or at the beginning of the next one. 




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  1. Professor Getulio

    Such a great lesson!

    1. Ewa


  2. Irina Kramarovskaya

    Wow!! What an inspiring & thought-provoking lesson!! Thank you!!

    1. Ewa

      Thank you, Irina!

  3. Plarium Ukraine

    ESL Brains, thank you for all your lessons! They’re just the best!

    1. Ewa

      We’re really happy to hear that! Thanks 🙂

  4. CantonesePete

    Great lesson, my student loves it! However, the last 2 slides with CAE Speaking activities are hidden during the presentation. Could you unhide them and make them appear, please? Peter

    1. Stan

      Thanks for the comment! We purposefully set these slides to skip because these are extra tasks. There are two ways out of this: make your own copy of the e-lesson plan and unclick the skip option OR exit the presentation mode on slide 36, go to slide 37 and start the Present mode again. In such a case, when you press space or click the mouse button, you will get to the other skipped slide before the thank you page appears.

  5. Liam Griffin

    This is phenomenal!

    1. Ewa

      Thanks, Liam!

  6. Malee

    👏👏👏👏 Great lesson!

  7. Malee

    👏👏👏👏 A really fun and beneficial lesson.

    1. Ewa

      Thanks! I’m really happy you find it useful 🙂

  8. Vadim Bakirov

    This lesson is just immaculate!

    1. Ewa

      Thank you, Vadim 🙂

  9. pjacovella

    An excellent lesson about critical thinking!!! Well paced and developed and so interesting for our students these days!!! Thank you!

    1. Ewa

      Thank you! I’m glad you like the lesson 🙂

  10. Adriana Chagas

    Ewa, your lessons are flawless. I simply loved this one.

    1. Ewa

      Thanks 🙂


    That was superb!!

    1. Ewa

      Awesome, thanks!


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