If you need a complete list of discourse markers to use when writing and speaking, check out this one. Look at the examples since each marker is usually used in a particular position in the sentence and you need to bear that in mind.
21 Oct 2015
16 Oct 2015
When you're discussing topics they are some expressions you can use to sound more natural in English, for example to ask somebody's opinion "Helen, what do you think about this?", to state your opinion "The way I see it..." or to interrupt if the other speakers don't let you talk "Can I add something here?".
Besides, it's also necesary to agree or disagree with others in a conversation. So, you can use "I'm with you on this" to agree, or "I'm not sure about that" to disagree.
These are only some examples, but there are many others you can use.
Here you have a document with a list of useful expressions. I recommend you print it and use it when discussig topics. It's good practice for the exam!
1 Oct 2015
Here we are again starting a new academic year
and it's absolutely true the saying 'time flies'!
So a new year with new students, new things to learn and teach,
to share, to discuss, to work hard and enjoy.
I hope my students will be as curious as me.